Wednesday 27 July 2011

Murdochs and phone hacking lead news coverage

Phone hacking with the appearance of Murdoch father and son before a Commons select committee continued to dominate in what journalisted describes as an exceptionally busy news week, ending 24 July.

The week encompassed the Eurozone crisis, the suspicious deaths at Stepping Hill Hospital, the famine in Somalia and ended with the terror attacks in Norway and Amy Winehouse being found dead at her London home.

Journalisted says the phone hacking scandal generated 1,258 articles, including the Murdochs undergoing a select committee grilling, 346 articles, and David Cameron setting out the terms of the Leveson Inquiry, 89 articles; the Eurozone crisis, 455 articles; terror attacks in Norway by right-wing extremist Anders Behring Breivik, claim over seventy lives, 168 articles; famine in Somalia worsens despite increased foreign aid, with Britain giving £90m, 137 articles; the suspicious deaths of patients at Stepping Hill Hospital, Stockport, with a nurse charged with causing damage with intent to endanger life, 115 articles; the Space Shuttle Atlantis returns home to the Kennedy Space Centre for the last time, 79 articles; Amy Winehouse, found dead at her Camden home on Saturday afternoon aged 27, 107 articles; artist Lucian Freud dies aged 88, 69 articles.

Covered little, according to journalisted, were General Petraeus hands over command in Afghanistan to General John R. Allen, 3 article; four Kenyans, who claim they were tortured during Mau Mau uprisings, win the right to sue the UK government, 18 articles; the Princess Diana Memorial Fund to close after fourteen years, 3 articles.

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