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 UN Watch Right Biased based on information and political positions that favor the right and Mixed for factual reporting due to the use of some poor sources and a failed fact check.
Factual Reporting: MIXED
World Press Freedom Rank: Switzerland 6/180
Launched in 1993, UN Watch is a non-governmental organization based in Geneva, Switzerland that monitors the performance of the United Nations and its adherence to its charter. UN Watch is chaired by Ambassador Alfred H. Moses, former U.S. Ambassador to Romania, and Hillel Neuer is the Executive Director
UN Watch was founded by Morris Berthold Abram, civil rights activist and former U.S. Honorary President of the American Jewish Committee focusing on “monitoring the continuing discriminatory treatment of Israel in the UN system and attitudes toward Jews in the world body as well as those matters which concern American interests.“
Funded by / Ownership
According to Sourcewatch, the UN Watch lobby is for the removal of UN personnel who are considered critical of Israel: “US calls for resignation of UN’s Richard Falk Special rapporteur for Palestinian territories said NGO UN Watch should be investigated to ensure it’s not controlled by Israel” Further, according to Sourcewatch, UN Watch also is funded by the American Jewish Committee since 2001.
Analysis / Bias
UN Watch is praised by a former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and the Economist describes UN Watch as “Geneva-based pro-Israeli monitor”, while Right web describes UN Watch’s political stance as “UN Watch has repeatedly been accused of having a staunchly “pro-Israel” bias and an outlook on Middle East peace that is closely in line with that of Israel’s right-wing Likud Party.”
In review, UN Watch has a strong use of loaded emotional language in their headlines and articles such as “UN Clash: China Fails to Silence UN Watch Dissident Yang Jianli” and “U.N. in Shock: Heads Turn in Stunned Disbelief as Palestinian Exposes PLO Lies, Watch heads turn & eyes bulge!”
UN Watch utilizes credible sources such as the New York Times, Reuters, and usun.state.gov, however, they also utilize factually Questionable sources such as Cnsnews and the Daily Wire. Story selection mostly favors Israel and holds the same positions as the right-wing Government of Israel.
Failed Fact Checks
Overall, we rate UN Watch Right Biased based on information and political positions that favor the right and Mixed for factual reporting due to the use of some poor sources and a failed fact check. (M. Huitsing 3/28/2018) Updated (12/2/2020)