AllSides rates Al Jazeera bias as Lean Left following an independent review in Sept. 2019.
Our independent reviewer found that many of Al Jazeera's pieces employ types of media bias such as emotionalism, slant, spin, and bias by omission. Al Jazeera usually omits right-wing perspectives and viewpoints. Reports generally focus on topics of interest to those on the left, and are biased toward the opinions of those on the left. Al Jazeera's opinion section skews left as well. Some articles frame right-wing viewpoints negatively.
History of the Al Jazeera Bias Rating
AllSides used to rate Al Jazeera’s media bias as Center. Out of 9,791 community votes as of Sept. 30, 2019, 6,106 community members disagreed with our bias rating of Center. Those who disagreed with our rating gave Al Jazeera an average bias rating of Lean Left.
Some perceive Al Jazeera to have predominantly Islamist perspectives, accusing the website of promoting the Muslim Brotherhood, having pro-Sunni and anti-Shia biases, as well having anti-Western and anti-Israel biases.
A 2014 Pew Research Center study, Where News Audiences Fit on the Political Spectrum, found that 43% of Al Jazeera consumers are consistently liberal and 28% are mostly liberal (compared with 22% of Web respondents in general).
About Al Jazeera
Al Jazeera is a Doha-based state-funded broadcaster owned by the Al Jazeera Media Network, an entity partially funded by the ruling family of Qatar. It is among the largest news organizations in the world, with over 80 bureaus across the world and a global audience of over 270 million households in over 140 countries. Initially launched as an Arabic news and current affairs satellite TV channel, Al Jazeera has since expanded into a network with several outlets in multiple languages.
See also: AJ+ bias rating.