Reasoning: Poor Sourcing, State Propaganda, Conspiracy, Failed Fact Checks
Bias Rating: RIGHT
Factual Reporting: MIXED
Press Freedom Rating: TOTAL OPPRESSION
Media Type: Newspaper
Traffic/Popularity: High Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: LOW CREDIBILITY
Launched in 1979, the Tehran Times (TT) (not to be mixed with an Iranian fashion blog The Tehran Times (TTT) is an English-language daily newspaper from Iran. Hassan Lasjerdiis is the Editor in chief, and the headquarters are based in Tehran, Iran.
According to their about page, their general policy is “The Tehran Times is not the newspaper of the government; it must be a loud voice of the Islamic Revolution and the loudspeaker of the oppressed people of the world.”
The Tehran Times provides domestic, political, social, foreign, and sports news and includes commentary, national politics, and opinions. The Tehran Times also publishes reports on cultural and religious issues.
Funded by / Ownership
The Tehran Times is owned and funded by the Islamic Ideology Dissemination Organization (IIDO), which promotes Islamic ideology. The Tehran Times has its own news agency called the Mehr News Agency (MNA). Mehr News Agency and the Russian Sputnik news agency signed a cooperation agreement in 2018 to share news and analysis products.
Analysis / Bias
Reporters Without Borders has reported Iran as “One of the most oppressive countries” According to a Reporters Without Borders 2022 report, Iran ranks 178 out of 180 countries in the World Press Freedom Index.
According to the PBS Iran media guide, the Tehran Times is pro-government.
In review, the content of headlines and articles use loaded words about national news, such as “General: U.S. will become aware of Iran’s capabilities when it’s late” and “Iran threatens to exit nuclear deal if talks become a ‘waste of time.” Further, they poorly source their articles by either heavily quoting or utilizing Questionable Iranian sources such as Tasnim and their own news agency, Mehr. In general, the Tehran Times promotes state propaganda and conspiracy theories as they have no other choice.
Failed Fact Checks
- Travel visas for Iraqis are no longer being issued by Turkey. – Misleading
- In a speech on Oct. 27, 2020, U.S. President Donald Trump called for the assassination of Joe Biden. – False
- “The version that the plane was shot down by a rocket cannot be true under any circumstances … it is impossible from the scientific point of view.” – False
- “Civil protest is one of the fundamental rights of all members of the (Iran) nation.” – False
Overall, we rate the Tehran Times Questionable based on poor sourcing of information and the promotion of Government propaganda and conspiracy theories. (M. Huitsing 5/27/2018) Updated (01/03/2023)
Last Updated on June 30, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check
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