These sources have minimal bias and use very few loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by appeals to emotion or stereotypes). The reporting is factual and usually sourced. These are the most credible media sources. See all Least Biased Sources.
- Overall, we rate Times of Malta as Least Biased as the articles reviewed are neutral in their presentation but could benefit from external, independent sources for corroboration; therefore, they are mostly factual in reporting.
Bias Rating: LEAST BIASED
Factual Reporting: MOSTLY FACTUAL
MBFC’s Freedom Rating: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Newspaper
Traffic/Popularity: High Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY
The Times of Malta, established in 1935 by Lord Gerald Strickland, is Malta’s oldest daily newspaper. The Sunday Times of Malta is its sister publication. The Times of Malta newspaper features sections including “Fact Check,” “National,” “World,” “Opinion,” “Business,” and “Entertainment.”
Funded by / Ownership
Allied Newspapers Limited owns the Times of Malta, and its majority shareholder is the Strickland Foundation. It is funded through advertising and subscriptions.
Analysis / Bias
We analyzed dozens of articles and feature two example articles for review. The first article, “Abela to demand Steward reimburses funds it should have used for investment,” maintains a neutral tone towards Prime Minister Robert Abela. It discusses Abela’s call for Steward Healthcare to reimburse government funds following a court decision that annulled a healthcare management deal. The article is factual but relies on circular sourcing within the Times of Malta, which could limit its credibility. However, it does focus on a primary source, the Prime Minister’s statement.
The second article, “As it happened: Hillman charged with financial crimes, given bail,” also maintains a neutral tone despite a potential conflict of interest. The article discusses legal proceedings against Adrian Hillman, the former managing director of Allied Newspapers, the parent company of Times of Malta. It provides a detailed account of the court proceedings and focuses on factual reporting.
Failed Fact Checks
- None in the Last 5 years. They are a fact-checker.
Overall, we rate Times of Malta as Least Biased as the articles reviewed are neutral in their presentation but could benefit from external, independent sources for corroboration; therefore, they are mostly factual in reporting. (M. Huitsing 09/09/2023)
Last Updated on September 9, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check
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