Topic of article: Foreign affairs
Author: Nick Parker
Heading: Kinder Egg Slaves Age Six
Aim of article: The article informs its readers about children in Romania working to assemble kinder egg treats for the company Ferrero.
Agenda of article: The tone of the article is very dramatic, especially with its title using the word ‘Slaves’. The language used portrays a very scandalous story but it lacks real substance. The children’s wage of 22p an hour also dramatises the story.
Bias of article: The author has not explored the circumstances surrounding why these kids are working and what they actually mean by slave labour. It makes it very difficult to understand the context of this situation. It begs the question of if this was intentionally done purely to provoke shock and sensationalism.
Topic of article: Health, Politics
Author: Rajeev Syal and Denis Campbell
Heading: Show your passport for NHS treatment
Aim of article: The article is informing its readers about a potential new initiative being rolled out across hospitals in Britain for patients to show their passport in order to have investigations and receive treatments
Agenda of article: The Department of Health’s secretary, Chris Wormald, has told MPs that he was looking at making hospitals check patient’s passport to see if they are eligible for free treatment. Currently, this has already been implemented in Peterborough where there is a slightly higher Eastern European population. He admits that these plans will be controversial but he eludes that this is necessary to “crack down on use of the NHS by visitors from abroad who do not have an automatic right to free care”.
Bias of article: The author does not seem to include the views of British citizens who have to show their passports to prove their identity or how patients from abroad feel about this controversial initiative.
Topic of article: Health, politics
Author: Daniel Martin
Heading: Show your passport if you want hospital treatment
Aim of article: The article is informing its readers about the possibility of having passport check to stop ‘health tourism’
Agenda of article: The Daily Mail is covering the same story as The Guardian on their front page. They both have run a similar title. The author states that Britain pays £674 million to other European countries for the treatment of Britons in the year 2014/15 but only received £49 million in return for NHS treatment of Europeans. They don’t appear to mention how Brexit will affect this situation as this was mentioned by the Daily Mail in the EU referendum period in its previous newspaper releases.
Bias of article: The author does not seem to criticise this proposal but uses a quote from Charlie Elphicke, a Conservative MP, who mentions that the reason why hospitals have failed to charge ‘health tourists’ is because of political correctness. The author fails to show any real evidence of this, especially from health care staff or those in managerial positions at hospitals.
Topic of article: Foreign Affairs
Author: Tom Parfitt, Catherine Philip, Bruno Waterfield, Michael Savage
Heading: Putin moves his missiles in new threat to Europe
Aim of article: The article is informing its readers about Russia’s deployment of short-range ballistic missiles in Kaliningrad, a region between Poland and Lithuania.
Agenda of article: The tone of the article appears rather fearful with the deployment of these missiles. The author explains why Russia has done this, as a reaction to NATO’s missile expansion, but it is difficult to ascertain whether NATO knew if this is how Russia would react.
Bias of article: Quotes from Russian officials and the president himself are represented here, however only a short paragraph on why NATO has expanded its own missile system is shown on the front page with no direct quotes.