These media sources are moderately to strongly biased toward conservative causes through story selection and/or political affiliation. They may utilize strong loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes), publish misleading reports and omit reporting of information that may damage conservative causes. Some sources in this category may be untrustworthy. See all Right Bias sources.
- Overall, we rate The Star Right Biased based on editorial positions that favor the right. We also rate them Mixed factually due to poor sourcing and for having connections to the Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA), which is a right-wing political party.
Factual Reporting: MIXED
World Press Freedom Rank: Malaysia 101/180
Founded in 1971, The Star is an English language newspaper headquartered in Malaysia. The online version was launched in 1995. The Star provides local and international news on topics such as “politics, government, crime, natural disasters, social issues, and sporting events.” The star also has a classified section. The Chairman of the Board of the parent company Star Media Group is Dato’ Fu and the Editor-in-Chief and Chief Content Officer is Esther Ng.
Read our profile on Malaysia’s government and media.
Funded by / Ownership
The Star is owned by Star Media Group which is controlled by the Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA) which is a right-wing party that represents the Malaysian Chinese contingency. Revenue is derived from subscriptions and advertisements.
Analysis / Bias
According to Reporters without Borders, Malaysia ranks 101/180 on the Press Freedom Index due to the media environment in Malaysia being threatened by increasing censorship.
In 2017, The Star published on its front page an article with the headline titled “Malaysian Terrorist Leader” right under a photograph showing Muslims praying. This caused an investigation and resulted in The Star editors getting suspended.
In review, The Star uses loaded language in their headlines, and articles such as “Dr. M and Muhyiddin seen chatting in Parliament on Monday (July 13)” and tends to poorly source their articles. However, The Star reports international news through credible news agencies such as Reuters with low bias and maintains factual reporting such as “Trump takes swipes at Fauci, CDC as coronavirus cases rise.”
Editorially, they favor the right and have a pro-Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA) tone such as this “MCA on ‘high ground’ amid national political chaos”. In general, international news is reported factually while editorially there is a right-leaning bias.
Failed Fact Checks
Overall, we rate The Star Right Biased based on editorial positions that favor the right. We also rate them Mixed factually due to poor sourcing and for having connections to the Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA), which is a right-wing political party. (M. Huitsing 7/13/2020)