Reasoning: State Propaganda, Conspiracy, Poor Sourcing
World Press Freedom Rank: Iran 170/180
Launched in 2012, Tasnim News Agency is an English language news website from Iran. Majid Gholizadeh is the managing director and as of 2014 the headquarters is based in Tehran.
In addition to Persian reporting, Tasnim News Agency also provides news in Turkish, which features World and National Politics, Opinions, a wide variety of political, social, economic and international subjects.
Tasnim News Agency describes its mission as “Defending the Islamic Revolution against negative media propaganda campaign and providing our readers with realities on the ground about Iran and Islam, specially current wave of the Islamic Awakening in the region are top on our agenda in Tasnim News Agency.”
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Funded by / Ownership
Tasnim is owned and funded by the Islamic Ideology Dissemination Organization (IIDO), which promotes Islamic ideology.
Analysis / Bias
Tasnim has strong links with the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) and according to The Guardian the US accuses the IRGC of terror mainly because of its military support for Hezbollah and Hamas, organizations that the US and EU have both designated as terrorist groups.
Although the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) don’t openly affiliate themselves with any political parties, the Alliance of Builders of Islamic Iran (ABADGARAN) is widely viewed as a political front for the Revolutionary Guards and they are described as “Iran’s neocons”, therefore we rate the political stance of Tasnim as right wing bias.
Reporters without Borders has reported Iran as “One of the most oppressive countries” According to a reporters without borders 2019 report, Iran ranks 170 out of 180 countries in the World Press Freedom Index.
The content of headlines and articles use loaded words pertaining to national news such as “Battle against Daesh Still Continuing in Cultural, Ideological Fields: Iran’s Shamkhani” However, they poorly source their articles, heavily quoting without sourcing or providing links to the original source. In general they promote pro-state propaganda and anti-west conspiracies.
Overall, we rate Tasnim News Questionable based on promotion of state propaganda and conspiracy theories as well as use of poor sources. (M. Huitsing 12/04/2017) Updated (01/08/20200