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.
Factual Reporting: MIXED
World Press Freedom Rank: Turkey 157/180
Launched in 2015, TRT World is a 24-hour international English-language news channel based in Istanbul, Turkey.
TRT World produces programs and provides national and international news and current affairs and broadcasts them on television, radio and the Internet. TRT World states in their own words: “Since the course of 2002 Turkey has become an increasingly significant country both as a regional and global actor. This period of stability, development and strong international relations has led to the natural emergence of TRT World.”
Funded by / Ownership
TRT World is owned by Turkish Radio and Television Corporation which is owned by the government of Turkey.
Analysis / Bias
In 2018, Reporters Without Borders ranked Turkey 157th in the world for press freedom among 180 countries, down two places from last year and according to Reporters Without Boarders, “The witch hunt waged by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government against its media critics has come to a head since an abortive coup in July 2016. A state of emergency has allowed the authorities to eliminate dozens of media outlets with the stroke of a pen, reducing pluralism to a handful of low-circulated and targeted publications.”
In review, when reporting non-Turkey related news, TRT World reports with minimally loaded language and utilize credible sources such as Vox, Moscow Times, NY Times, Washington Post, Tass and republishes credible news agencies such as Reuters.
TRT World reflects a pro-government tone in their national coverage as seen through their analysis of the upcoming elections, with most of the national coverage heavily sided with the ruling party and less coverage of the main opposition party candidate. Further, the UK’s Spectator states TRT World is “President Erdogan’s mouth piece to woo the west.” In short this is a pro-government propaganda source.
Although, TRT World presents fairly low biased coverage of USA news such as “Trump cancels summit with Kim; North Korea still wants talks” they source through large blocks of quotes without providing any links to the sources.
Overall, we rate TRT World mixed for factual reporting due to a strong one sided pro-government stance in national politics and right biased due to the fact that the current government is considered right wing. (M. Huitsing 5/25/2018) Updated (9/18/2019)