Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Resignations of Johnson and Coulson lead news

The resignations of Alan Johnson and Andy Coulson grabbed the most press coverage in the week ending Sunday 23 January, according to journalisted.

Johnson's resignation due to 'personal reasons' and his replacement by Ed Balls, generated 179 articles; Coulson quitting Number 10, citing continuing coverage of News of the World phone hacking, 176 articles; Tunisia-style protests spread across North Africa and the Middle East, with cases of self-immolation reported in Egypt, Algeria and Mauritania, 142 articles; and Tony Blair facing the Chilcot Inquiry on the Iraq war for a second time, 121 articles.

Covered little, according to journalisted, was Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen, surviving a confidence vote, resigning as party leader, and calling an early election as the Green Party pulls out of the coalition, 58 articles; the FBI makes 127 arrests across north-eastern US, reported to be one of its largest mafia crackdowns in history, 15 articles; controversy over a counter-terrorism police officer contacting universities for inside information on future student protests, four articles; a wave of bomb attacks in Iraq, killing up to 130 people, three articles.

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