Television News Coverage Of The Suez Canal Freighter Versus The Egyptian Train Crash

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This week there were two major stories involving Egypt. One involved a large cargo ship stuck in the Suez Canal. The other involved a train crash that killed at least 32 people and injured more than 165. The chart below shows how much coverage the Suez Canal story has received to date, with BBC and DW covering it nearly equally, followed by Al Jazeera and about a third as much coverage on American channels.

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In contrast, the chart below shows coverage of the train crash, showing the vastly less coverage it has received despite the high death and injury toll. In short, a cargo ship stuck in the sand is a vastly more important story in the eyes of the world's international television news channels than a train crash in which 32 were killed and 165 injured.

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