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- Overall, we rate The African Exponent left-biased and Questionable based on poor sourcing, a failed fact check by an IFCN fact-checker, the publication of highly sensationalized stories, and a lack of transparency regarding ownership.
Reasoning: Poor Sourcing, Sensationalism, Lack of Transparency, Failed Fact Check
World Press Freedom Rank: Tanzania 118/180
The African Exponent is a website that focuses primarily on African related news but also covers a wide variety of topics including business, finance, markets, politics, culture, science and technology. This website does not list an editor or ownership information. The Contact page indicates the site is based in Tanzania.
Funded by / Ownership
The African Exponent does not disclose ownership or financing. Revenue appears to be derived from advertising.
Analysis / Bias
In review, The African Exponent uses emotionally loaded headlines such as “The New President of Tanzania, John Magufuli, Wins Hearts of Tanzanians and Africans”. John Magufuli is the president of Tanzania and chairman of CCM (Chama Cha Mapinduzi – social democratic party) with the article heavily favoring him. Although The African Exponent occasionally sources properly, most of the articles are poorly sourced and only the image credit is given. Further, they regularly rewrite the articles and republish them, such as this one “With $100 Million, This Is How Kenya Is Constructing Africa’s Largest AIDS Drug Factory”. This same story appears in The Guardian under the title “Kenya steps up Aids battle as building starts on $100m drug factory”. Lastly, they also publish sensationalized stories without sourcing, such as this: I Thought I Was Having Sex With My Housekeeper, I Didn’t Know He Was My Son…
A factual search reveals a failed fact check by an IFCN fact-checker.
Overall, we rate The African Exponent left-biased and Questionable based on poor sourcing, a failed fact check by an IFCN fact-checker, the publication of highly sensationalized stories, and a lack of transparency regarding ownership. (M. Huitsing 4/19/2019)
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