Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Foreign stories dominating UK news agenda

Foreign stories are continuing to dominate the UK news agenda with most coverage being given to events in Libya and the earthquake in Christchurch, for the week ending Sunday February 27, according to journalisted.

Colonel Gaddafi, clinging onto power by hiring mercenaries, as protesters take over eastern Libya, generated 814 articles; the earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand, killing over 200 people, 300 articles; Government rescue mission to fly/ship Britons out of Libya, and criticism of delays, 137 articles.

Covered little, according to journalisted, were Tunisia, with a major reform rally leading to PM Ghannouchi's resignation, 11 articles; the resurgence of political violence in Ivory Coast, with rebels killing soldiers loyal to president Gbagbo, 8 articles; King Abdullah trys to forestall dissent with a gift of £22bn to the nation, as young Saudis call for a 'day of rage' on 11th March, 7 articles.

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