News reviewer gives 5Pillars outstanding credibility score

5Pillars has been given an outstanding rating by the news reviewer NewsGuard which rates journalistic outlets for trust and credibility.

NewsGuard is the industry leader for news trust ratings and its reviews are considered authoritative.

5Pillars was given an extremely high score of 87.5/100 which indicates that it can be trusted to maintain credibility and transparency. A pass score is rated at 60 and above.

We received a higher rating than many mainstream media platforms including Al Jazeera, the Daily Mail, The Express, The Star, Vice.com, The Sun, Middle East Eye and many others.

A screenshot of the review (which is behind a paywall) can be seen below:

The review said: “Articles on 5Pillars generally cite relevant, attributed sources such as government statements, posts on social media, firsthand interviews with community organisations, and police press conferences. Headlines typically reflect the content of their articles.

“Opinion articles are clearly labelled and appear in a separate section. Opinionated statements do not typically appear outside these articles. Consistent with the site’s description of itself on its About page as a Muslim news site with a commitment ‘to an Islamic ethos,’ coverage tends to be supportive of Muslim communities and their beliefs.”

The review added: “5Pillars is regulated by IMPRESS, an independent press regulator approved by the Press Recognition Panel to comply with the standards of regulation recommended by the Leveson Inquiry into the British press’ practices… IMPRESS regulates its member publications according to a Standards Code created in consultation with the public.”

5Pilars editor Roshan Muhammed Salih said: “This is an outstanding review by an independent organisation which has become the industry standard for rating news outlets. We passed every available criteria expect for one on our corrections policy. We do of course correct mistakes swiftly and responsibly but we have failed to publicise this priominently enough. This is fair criticism and something we must improve on.

“But overall I am delighted with this review and especially the fact that we are rated higher than so many organisations that have much greater resources than us. I sincerely hope that this will give readers yet more confidence in the work that we do insha’ Allah.”

And 5Pillars Deputy Editor Dilly Hussain said: “The NewsGuard scoring is further testimony to the journalistic professionalism and credibility of 5Pillars. Our critics and detractors can say what they wish but we scored higher or the same as many mainstream national publications. This should give our readers, supporters and the Muslim community confidence in 5Pillars.”

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