Wednesday 18 January 2012

Scottish independence referendum tops the news

Plans to hold a referendum on Scottish independence dominated the news for the week ending Sunday, January 15, according to journalisted.

First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond announces plan to hold independence referendum in autumn of 2014, was covered in 225 articles; Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney wins the New Hampshire primary, 146 articles; the Leveson Inquiry into press ethics and phone hacking continues, 124 articles; the cruise liner Costa Concordia capsizes off Isola del Giglio, Italy, 102 articles.

Covered little, according to journalisted, were MPs to hold an inquiry into racism in sport, and will hear evidence in March, 23 articles; Turkish authorities charge the Duchess of York with secretly filming orphans for 2008 TV documentary, 22 articles; TVShack student founder Richard O’Dwyer faces extradition to the United States, 21 articles; and French ferry firm SeaFrance goes into liquidation, 13 articles.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad visits Venezuela as part of his Latin American tour, generated only 10 articles; dozens killed in bomb blast in Karbala, Iraq, 6 articles; boundary changes in Welsh constituencies proposed, cutting the number of Welsh MPs from 40 to 30, 6 articles; 15 arrests are made following clashes between English Defence League supporters and youths in East London, 3 articles; and police remove protestors from St. Peter’s Square, Rome, 1 article.

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