BBC Israel focus in numbers: May 2014

Below is our regular end of month count of articles appearing on the Middle East page of the BBC News website according to the twenty-two countries and territories defined by the BBC as making up that region per the profiles on that page.

As in previous months (see ‘related articles’ below), the count relates to three categories of articles – headline, non-headline and features – with the total representing both the appearance of a report and its level of exposure in terms of the number of days it stayed up on the site.

Table May

Syria once again received the most coverage throughout May, followed by Egypt – due in part to the presidential elections held there. Whilst the BBC categorises the Golan Heights separately from Israel in its listing of countries and territories making up the Middle East, the article concerning that area which appeared for eight consecutive days on the BBC News website relates to an Israeli perspective of the recent fighting along the Syrian side of parts of the border. If that article is added to the tally of other Israel-related content, Israel came third in terms of coverage, with Iran in fourth place (partly due to renewed talks with the P5+1) and Iraq – where elections were also held – in fifth place. Libya, beset by political upheaval and violence during May, came sixth in terms of coverage on the BBC News website’s Middle East page.

Throughout the last fifteen months, Israel has remained consistently among the five countries receiving the most coverage on the BBC News website’s Middle East page.

Related Articles:

BBC Israel focus in numbers: April 2014

BBC Israel focus in numbers: March 2014  (includes links to all previous months) 

4 comments on “BBC Israel focus in numbers: May 2014

  1. The BBC is absurd. Good news that the licence fee is under such attack, even from BBC apparatchiks…

    What possible reason can there be for the BBC’s Israel obsession, other than racism?

  2. Looking at the figures, what’s also striking is the disproportion of pieces relating to Israel which are (laughingly-called) “analysis”, as opposed to “news. The point being that, even when here is nothing actually going on there, the anti-Israel anti-Western BBC vulture just keeps on picking away at the bones.

  3. An example of the lack of “analysis” is Donnison’s failure to examine the legal grounds for claiming whether East Jerusalem is “occupied”, or not. There is an abundance of respected legal opinions that would back up Australia’s decision but Donnison concentrates on highlighting only those that disagree.

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