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 an appeal to emotion or stereotypes), publish misleading reports, and omit 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 Mostly Factual due to the use of poor sources that have failed fact checks.
Bias Rating: RIGHT
Factual Reporting: MOSTLY FACTUAL
MBFC’s Country Freedom Rank: EXCELLENT
Media Type: Organization/Foundation
Traffic/Popularity: Medium Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY
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. Ambassador Alfred H. Moses serves as Chair for Un Watch, 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.“
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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
A former UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, praises UN Watch. The Economist describes UN Watch as a “Geneva-based pro-Israeli monitor.” In contrast, 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 aligned 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 former right-wing government of Israel.
Failed Fact Checks
- None in the Last 5 years (removed a fact check listed here because it was not a direct fact check of UN Watch)
Overall, we rate UN Watch Right Biased based on information and political positions that favor the right and Mostly Factual due to the use of poor sources that have failed fact checks. (M. Huitsing 3/28/2018) Updated (11/25/2022)
Last Updated on May 14, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check
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