Nation News, 17 April 2015

Method note. The content analysis is still taking too long, about two hours on this occasion. One change in today’s coverage is putting the summary in tabular form, to ease comparisons. At the same time I’ve tried to include every report of a nation or ethnic group.

The Australian newspaper. Section 1, of 18 pages. 8 x 51 = 408 column centimetres/page.

Page 1

Rick Morton. “Without full Gonski, schools will close, Catholics say.” 5.5 x 5 cols. = 27.5 col cms, + 40 on p. 6 = total of 67.5 col cms. The National Catholi Educational Commission warned that some regional Catholic schools would be forced to close unless the federal government implemented the reforms recommended by the Gonski inquiry.

Page 4

Amos Aikman, Northern Correspondent. “Dutton denies ‘pregnant protest’.” 3 x 13 = 39 col cms. Asylum-seeker advocates allege that five pregnant women and two men staged a protest on the roof of the Darwin Wickham Point immigration detention centre.

Page 5

Sarah Elks. “Official ‘hid priest friend’s rapes’.” 8.5 x 6 cols = 51 col cms. A Rockhampton Catholic orphanage official allegedly failed to report rapes of children by a priest.

Michaela Boland. “Hermitage show hurts Ukraine.” 2 x 13 = 26 cm cols. The Ukrainian ambassador to Australia, supported by the chairman of the Australian Federation of Ukrainian Organisations, Stefan Romaniw, complained to the federal government about the National Gallery of Victoria for hosting a display of artworks from the Hermitage in Russia, so soon after the downing of flight MH17 in July 2014 by Russian-backed militias.

Page 7

Jacquelin Magnay. “Howard enjoys select company.” 13 cm x 6 = 78 col cms, mostly a photo. John Howard is hosted at a select meeting of members of the Order of Merit by the Queen at Windsor Castle, England.

Page 8

Jamie Walker, Middle East Correspondent. “Iran the new Nazis: Netanyahu.” 7 x 26 = 182 col. cms, of which 122 were photos. “Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has politicised Holocaust remembrance services in Jerusalem by comparing Islamic Iran to Nazi Germany.”

AFP. “Bibi fails to woo Right to form ruling coalition.” 2 x 13 = 26 col cms. Israeli politics.

AFP. “Girl who defied the German machine three times.” 5 x 13 = 65 col cms including 12 col cm photo. Story of a Holocaust survivor now living in Israel on the 70th anniversary of the liberation fo the camps at the end of WWII.

Matthew Campbell. “Ageing campaigners fear rise of anti-Semitism threatens a return to the Holocaust.” 8 x 10 = 80 col cms, with small photo of Jean-Marie Le Pen. Nazi hunter Serge Klarsfeld and his wife warn against a new wave of anti-Semitism in Europe. Then mention the recent Islamist attacks but mainly far right parties. They helped ban a performance by comedian Dieudonne who mocks Jews and cautioned about Jean-Marie Le Pen’s belittling of the Holocaust and praise for the Vichy government of WWII.

Asa Fitch and Aresu Eqbali, The Wall Street Journal. 41 col cms. “Congress must quit its prying: Rouhani.” The Iranian President criticised the US Congress for interfering in US-Iranian negotiations over nuclear sanctions.

Page 9

AFP. “Turkey rebuffs MEPs on Armenia.” 28 col cms. The Turkish government rejected a call by the European Parliament to reconcile with Armenians for the 1915 massacres.

AFP. “Vatican plans to move on abuse responsibility.” 2 x 13 = 26 col cms.

Page 10

Catherine Philp from Beirut. “Anbar calls for US help as Islamists circle Ramadi.” 5 x 25.5 = 127.5 col cms, with 64 cc photo. Islamic State advances in Iraq.

AFP. “Dawn FARC attack kills 10 soldiers.” 3 x 12 cc. Guerilla activity in Columbia.

Page 11

Jamie Walker, Middle East Correspondent. “Stories that shouldn’t die.” 8 x 41.5 = 342 cc., with photos 196 cc. Commemoration of the 70th anniversary of camp liberation, ending the Holocaust.

Page 12

Graham Richardson. “Obama a failure on world stage.” 2 x 40 = 80 cc. Criticised US President Obama’s Middle East policy, agreeing with Greg Sheridan regarding Obama’s deal with the Iranians over nuclear weapons.

Page 14

Wesley Enoch. “The dark side of the Anzac legend.” 25 x 6 = 150 cc, with photo 64 cc. Indigenous soldiers have not received enough recognition for service in WWI. Unlike white returned soldiers, indigenous were not granted land due to state legislation. Some names were omitted from war memorials, from RSL membership and from ANZAC marches.


Ethnocentrism scores, i.e. articles reporting events from or against a particular perspective.

Identity From Against
Catholic 67.5 77
Asylum seekers 39
Russia 26
Ukraine 26
Britain 78
Israel + Jews 695
Iran 41
Armenia 28
Turkey 28
Islamists (Islamic State) 127
Columbia 36
Barack Obama 80
Indigenous Australians 150

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