BBC Israel focus in numbers – April 2013

Last month we carried out a count of the number of articles relating to different countries and territories which have “country profiles” on the Middle East page of the BBC News website and the length of their exposure on the designated page of that website during March 2013.

For the month of April, we added another category, also counting articles appearing under the heading “Features & Analysis”. 

Features Analysis 1

We also separated the title ‘Palestinian territories’ into two: the PA controlled territories and the Gaza Strip. Below are the results of the count for April 2013. 

Table 1 April

As we see, Syria once again understandably received the most coverage and exposure on the BBC News website’s Middle East page during April 2013. But yet again, Israel came a close second, followed quite a way behind by Iraq – where provincial elections on April 20th were accompanied by a wave of violent attacks – and Egypt.

As we previously remarked:

“The fact that one tiny Middle East country with only a fraction of the region’s total population is the subject of so much reporting in comparison to most of its larger and, in many cases, more turbulent neighbours reflects a disproportional approach to Middle East reporting which in itself has the potential to compromise the BBC’s reputation for impartiality. “


4 comments on “BBC Israel focus in numbers – April 2013

  1. BBC new news controller James Harding begins his hundred-day honeymoon in August. He is a fluent Mandarin speaker on an annual salary of £340,000. Should he not have replaced the BBC’s ridiculous leftist over-emphasis on Isra-hate news coverage with commensurate increased coverage of new world power-house China, Duvidl will likely confuse his name and fate with that of Mike Harding, ex-BBC comedian presenter of “Folk on 2”.

    Mike, “the Rochdale Cowboy” was fired by the BBC last December at about the same time James was fired from editorship of “The Times”. Mike said of his dismissal on Twitter,”They want to make it more ‘live’. Dint no I were dead. [sic]”. .

  2. An article from AP on Israel that we’re never likely to read at the BBC.
    Now why would that be? 🙄
    Disabled Gaza baby lives in Israel hospital
    By DIAA HADID | Associated Press – 15 hrs ago

    RAMAT GAN, Israel (AP) — In his short life, Palestinian toddler Mohammed al-Farra has known just one home: the yellow-painted children’s ward in Israel’s Tel Hashomer hospital.
    Born in Gaza with a rare genetic disease, Mohammed’s hands and feet were amputated because of complications from his condition, and the 3 ½-year-old carts about in a tiny red wheelchair. His parents abandoned him, and the Palestinian government won’t pay for his care, so he lives at the hospital with his grandfather.

    Doctors’ fundraising has covered Mohammed’s years of treatment, Somech said. One donor provided $28,000 for Mohammed’s prosthetics.

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