Reasoning: State Propaganda, Conspiracy, Poor Sourcing
Bias Rating: RIGHT
Factual Reporting: MIXED
MBFC’s Country Freedom Rating: TOTAL OPPRESSION
Media Type: New Agency
Traffic/Popularity: High Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: LOW CREDIBILITY
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, especially the current wave of the Islamic Awakening in the region are top on our agenda in Tasnim News Agency.”
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 the Reporters without Borders 2023 report, Iran ranks 177 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.
Failed Fact Checks
Overall, we rate Tasnim News Questionable based on the promotion of state propaganda and conspiracy theories as well as the use of poor sources. (M. Huitsing 12/04/2017) Updated (07/08/2023)
Last Updated on July 8, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check
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