Monday 5th June 2017

Papers Reviewed: The Sun, The Guardian, The Daily Mail, The Times

The Sunsun.750

Topic of article: Crime

Headline: Jihadi killer in an Arsenal shirt

Author(s): Tom Wells (Chief Reporter), Mike Sullivan (News Reporter)

Analysis: The Sun uses the same image as the Daily Mail and The Times but uses text on its front page to describe background information about “Abz” the “ringleader” of the three suspects. The information provided about the individual emphasises that he was just like any other Londoner, working for Transport for London and KFC and being an Arsenal supporter, but then became “radicalised over the past year” leading up to the attack, describing him as a “HOME-grown jihadi.” The article is extremely emotive, using language such as “slaughtered” and “murderous spree” with the tag-line under The Sun banner of “we are not afraid” oddly juxtaposing the sense of fear evoked throughout the article.  It isn’t clear why the article has focussed in on one of the individuals – perhaps he was the only one they could find any information about or just the closest in this photograph – or where this information about him came from.


The Guardianguardian.750

Topic of article:  Crime

Headline: Seven dead, 21 critically hurt: May says ‘enough is enough’

Author(s):  Robert Booth (News Reporter), Vikram Dodd (Senior Reporter), Lisa O’Carroll (Brexit Correspondent), Matthew Taylor (Environment Correspondent)

Analysis: In the aftermath of the London Bridge, The Guardian provides some details of the current situation and what the police are doing regarding gaining more information on the three men involved. By focussing on what is being done by the police rather than a detailed description of the events on Saturday night, the article has a generally less emotive and more calming tone than the other articles. Moreover, this sense that the police are taking control of the situation is highlighted in the article by describing a number of the arrests in relation to the attacks, the main person being quoted being counter-terrorism chief Mark Rowley and the justification for the shoot-to-kill action by the police. However, this is somewhat undermined by the source, Erisa Gasparri, claiming she had reported one of the suspected attackers to the police two years previously which is suggesting that counter-terrorism measures aren’t as effective as they could be.

Daily Maildaily_mail.750

Topic of article: Crime

Headline: Bloody day all of Britain said: Enough is enough

Author(s): None (Only image on the front page)

Analysis: Using the same photograph as The Times and The Sun, the Mail uses red circles to highlight the bodies and a smaller image of two of the suspected attackers described as “swaggering jihadis during the killing spree” inset. By using Theresa May’s quote of “enough is enough” as if “all of Britain” feel this way creates this sense of a turning point in Britain’s policy on terror, that this attack must somehow push the government to become in some way more effective against terrorist organisations after this “3rd attack in 10 weeks.” Though there is not much text on the page both the word “fanatics” and “jihadis” are used on the front page, possibly intended to stir up Islamophobia in Britain by not providing any further explanation of the terms used or the backgrounds of the individuals.  The link with May’s quote begs the question of what the political fallout will be of this attack, within a week of the general election, and whether any specifics relating to counter-terrorism will be described by politicians over the next three days.


The TimesTIMES

Topic of article: Crime

Headline: Massacre in the market  

Author(s): None (Only image on front page)

Analysis: Similar to their coverage of the Westminster attack, The Times chooses to use an image of the three suspects lying on the ground after being shot with a small caption reading “three terrorists lie dead after being shot by police in Borough Market, London. Saturday’s attack was the third in Britain by Islamist extremists in three months.” The image is blurred, communicating the sense of chaos of the scene, with what are presumed to be police officers standing over two of the bodies. The closest man on the floor appears to be wearing something strapped to his torso, which the police had suspected were explosives but were later found to be fake. This image is distinctly different from the other common image used by the press today, which is of a row of armed counter-terrorism police in the capital which instils more of a sense of police control and authority rather than this image which evokes a sense of tragedy and panic.


Front page images from: BBC The Papers ( , The Guardian may be better read at the Guardian website or Pressreader ( or Kiokso (

Reviewed by: Alice Edwards



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