Wednesday 4 May 2011

AV debate again jilted in favour of wedding news

Coverage of the royal wedding left the AV debate in the shade for the second week running, according to journalisted.

In the week ending Sunday May 1, the royal wedding, with Will and Kate finally tying the knot on Friday and the nation getting a holiday, generated 867 articles; the AV referendum, with nationwide voting on Thursday, 144 articles; anti-government protests in Syria, with 42 alleged deaths in Dera'a on Friday, 200 ruling Ba'ath members resigning, and foreign journalists banned from the country, 91 articles.

Covered little, according to journalisted were a suspected suicide bomb attack in a Marrakesh cafe, killing 15 tourists and injuring 20 more, 13 articles; Palestinian rival parties Fatah and Hamas announcing they will form a unity government and hold general elections in a year, 10 articles; student Alfie Meadows, who was hospitalised after a head blow from a police truncheon during last year's tuition fees protests, charged for violent disorder, 7 articles; St Andrews University's funding from Syria stirs controversy while Assad government cracks down on protesters, 6 articles; Belgium bans the burqa, the second European country to do so, 1 article.

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