Tuesday, 7 June 2011

FIFA president Blatter tops UK news league

The controversial FIFA one-candidate presedential election was the most covered news event in the UK press for the week ending Sunday, June 5, according to journalisted.

Sepp Blatter re-elected president of FIFA, unopposed, after England tried to delay the election, generated 324 articles; the French Open tennis tournament, with Rafael Nadal beating Andy Murray and going on to win his 6th title after beating Roger Federer, 211 articles; a new virulent strain of E coli, initially believed to have come from cucumbers, infects at least 11 people in Britain, and leads to a score of deaths in Europe, 146 articles; former Serbian army chief Ratko Mladic, extradited to the Hague to be tried for war crimes alongside Radovan Karadzic, 127 articles.

Covered little, according to journalisted, were the IEA reports global CO2 emission levels from 2010 were the highest in history, significantly exceeding expectations, 18 articles; journalist Saleem Shahzad found dead in Pakistan, with accusations of torture and murder made towards Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence, 14 articles; the US and Britain back calls to the UN to lift sanctions on a number of ex-Taliban commanders as part of the peace effort in Afghanistan, 8 articles; 250 refugees are feared drowned, after boats carrying Libyan refugees from Tunisia to Italy ran into trouble at sea, 5 articles.

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