Friday, 24 May 2013

How the world reported terror on London streets

The brutal killing of Lee Rigby in Woolwich has outraged Britain. Every British national newspaper led on the event yesterday and the photograph of Drummer Rigby graces every front page today. But how did newspapers from other countries react to the murder? Do they believe this new approach to terrorism has global implications relevant to their readership, is it such a shocking and horrific story that it demands a place on Page 1 or is the killing of a single British soldier not regarded as significant? Here's a quick snapshot of some of the globe's front pages. Surprisingly, the US newspapers largely ignored it. Perhaps in the wake of the Oklahoma tornado deaths, the killing of one young soldier 7,000 miles away, albeit in such a shocking way, is not regarded as important. 

The Wall Street Journal uses the story but as a single column, headlined 'A killing puts UK on guard for terror' and the New York Times believes it is worth no more than a down-page cross-reference. 
Today's Washington Post leads on a terror story - 'Obama points to crossroads in terrorism fight' - but makes no mention of the UK. It does not even warrant a paragraph in the global round-up at the bottom of the page.

The only regional newspaper, outside of New York, I could find that believes it to be of Page 1 importance is The News-Sentinel in Indiana.

The New York tabloids, though, clearly think it is shocking enough to wipe out their pages and the New York Post uses a picture of Lee Rigby on Page 1 today too.

The National Post in Canada also uses the killing as the lead and main photograph. 

In the Middle East few mainstream papers appear to believe it is worthy of Page 1. The Jerusalem Post is an exception, opting for a police scene rather than the bloodied man and laying the blame squarely on 'Islamists'.

The English language papers in the United Arab Emirates, The National and the Gulf Times, and the Kuwait Times all run the story down page without pictures.

Today's Al-Mustaqbal, in Beirut, uses a front page picture of Drummer Rigby as does Kuwait's Arab Times.

Turkey's Haber Turk and Turkiye both use the report with a picture on Page 1 but India's Telegraph chooses only the story, with no image.

China's Global Times uses a large picture of a woman laying flowers on the road in Woolwich with the man with the meat cleaver as an inset

The Australian papers, including the Gold Coast Bulletin and the West Australian, generally give the pictures and report a lot of space.

Closer to home, these papers in Holland, Belgium, Spain and Sweden all use the picture of the man with the machete on their front pages.

In France, Liberation and 20 Minutes put the emphasis on a new breed of terrorists. The headline on 20 Minutes is 'L'ere des loups solitaires' - The era of the lone wolves

In Ireland there is an interesting contrast between the Irish Examiner which uses the picture of the man with the body of the young soldier in the background. The Irish Times, presumably on the grounds of taste, uses a generic picture of two policewomen in a London street. Today's Irish Times also uses a floral tribute picture.

Front pages courtesy of and thanks to , @suttonnick 

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for posting this. I wanted to know how the news had been spread. I think it deserved more mention in some of these newspapers. What a tragedy the poor young man. RIP.