Friday 20th May 2016

The SunScreen Shot 2016-05-20 at 18.57.05.png

Topic of article: Show business, Crime

Author: Tom Wells (Home Affairs Correspondent)

Headline: The day free speech drowned in a paddling pool of olive oil

Aim of article: The aim of the article is to inform the public about a decision made by judges to not lift a court injunction on celebrities involved in a “three-way”

Agenda of article: The article appears to be clearly showing discontent with regards to this decision which can be inferred from the title and the tone of the article. The imagery and personification of “free speech drowned in a paddling pool of olive oil” is ironically revealing information with regards to the celebrity “three-way” whilst also creating a reaction at the attempt to restrain or censor what has happened. The author also undermines the decision made by the judges by explicitly stating their ages and the following sentence “…abetted by four old duffer judges ignoring internet”. It appears as if the author fails to see why privacy should be respected despite the internet knowing what has happened through social media.

Bias of article: The article has not displayed any quotes on its front page. Its own views are represented as this is personally affecting them from reporting “a celeb’s olive oil-fuelled “three-way” with another couple”. However the article does not elaborate on why the judges thought that the celebrities’ privacy should be protected.

The GuardianScreen Shot 2016-05-20 at 17.45.48

Topic of article: Crime

Author: Sandra Laville (Senior reporter)

Headline: Huge scale of child sex abuse shocks police

Aim of article: The article is informing its readers about the extent of child sexual abuse becoming clearer due to the Goddard inquiry.

Agenda of article: Child sexual abuse is seen as an obscene criminal act and this article is attempting to highlight that due to the public inquiry set up following the Jimmy Savile scandal, the police are now aware of the true extent to which child sexual abuse crimes are being committed. Although, the understanding of the scale of these crimes is welcomed, it begs the questions as to why this was not known by the police in order to appropriately allocate the necessary resources needed to tackle the issue of child sexual abuse. Police have lately been under constant scrutiny by the media and for Simon Baily, the chief constable of Norfolk heading the national coordinating unit of Operation Hydrant, to say “It is fair to say I am surprised by the extent of abuse being expose, it is shocking.” may appear disconcerting.

Bias of article: The police, the chair of the child abuse inquiry and the chief executive officer for the National Association for People Abused in Childhood have been sought as sources for this article making it fairly reliable. Sources, which may be critical of this finding, have not been represented.

Daily MailScreen Shot 2016-05-20 at 19.14.02

Topic of article: Immigration, domestic affairs

Author: James Slack (Political Editor)

Headline: Migrants spark housing crisis

Aim of article: The article is informing its readers about the warning, to build more houses, that the European Commission has issued to the UK.

Agenda of article: There appears to be two aspect of this article that are typical of Daily Mail reporting. Firstly, their anti-EU feelings are on display in this article, characterised by the tone and language used “Britain has been ordered by Brussels” and “Now EU tells Britain to build more homes..”. Secondly, its anti-immigration stance is also on display as it blames migrants for UK’s housing crisis: “Migrants spark housing crisis” and “as open borders send population soaring”. It seems like the Daily Mail is blaming the housing crisis on migrants and it is unhappy that Europe is telling Britain to build more houses rather than reducing its number of migrants: “But, rather than acknowledging the clamour in the UK for stricter border controls to ease demand..”

Bias of article: The article makes the claim that immigration is the cause of the housing crisis without providing any evidence for it. Neither does it explain nor suggest why the European Commission has ‘ordered’ the UK to build more houses. Perhaps the housing crisis is not really caused by immigrants and it already existed. It is possible that the UK really does need to build more houses, not only for immigrants but also its own citizens, however the article fails to mention this or rule out this possibility.

The TimesScreen Shot 2016-05-20 at 18.24.04

Topic of article: International, terrorism

Author: Charles Bremmer (France correspondent), Fiona Hamilton (Security Editor)

Headline: Passengers spun to their deaths from 37,000 feet

Aim of article: The article is trying to inform its readers about the Egypt Air plane that went down into the Mediterranean and the likely causes for this incident.

Agenda of article: The article appears to be strongly suggesting that the incident was caused by an explosion possibly due to a terrorist act. The image on the front page, depicting the flight’s downward trajectory, and also its description in the text emphasises that such a trajectory could only have occurred if an explosion took place. The article, towards the end, appears to insinuate the possibility that this incident is due to islamic terrorist by quoting Donald Trump and also trying to link the French Airport Charles de Gaulle, where “baggage handlers have lost their security clearance after failing under suspicion of having Islamist views” and also the location of the airport which is apparently situated “next to the immigrant-dominated suburbs of northern Paris that are home to many jihadists sympathisers”, to terrorrism. This connection, without real concrete evidence, gives the feeling of dislike and of prejudice against Islam.

Bias of article: The article has displayed quotes from numerous officials from a wide variety of countries including France and Egypt. The majority of these sources are conveying the same message, that terrorism may have caused this incident. An official who has a dissimilar view has not been represented. The article also makes claims that Roissy, the northern Paris suburb is home to many jihadist sympathisers without substantiating it with clear evidence on how it has come to that conclusion.

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Reviewed by: Bruno Gnaneswaran

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