I tried to find out some information about the major earthquake in Sichuan, China, however, it’s almost hidden in the newspapers as the earthquake is not major news in the UK, comparing to Boston bombing. Today, I bought the Sunday Times, and expected the earthquake news to be easily found. It isn’t. From the front page to page 5, the news is dominated by Boston bombing, in great details. The China earthquake news is on the bottom right of pg 33 (the main section has only 34 pages of news).
I felt a sense of despair trying to find out what else happened around the world in the past week. The news, online or paper, has been clearly dominated by the Boston bombing. Needless to say, the whole world is saddened by this tragic news. However, there has been other events around the world, such as earthquake in Iran, bird flu in Shanghai, Baghdad bombing on Thursday (27 people died, including 2 children), earthquake in Sichuan, China (more than 150 people died), avalanche in Colorado and others.
I used this opportunity to discuss with my son about bias and editorial choices in the news. The value of life should be equal, however, you’ll find lives in some countries are considered more precious than those in other parts of the world. Some people are mourned, but most nameless people are not. It’s terribly sad.
By the way, if you want to read about the front page of 800 newspapers worldwide, you’ll find them here on this interesting site, newseum. It may help us see the world from different perspectives, and see how other newspapers see the world, and how viewpoints are projected differently.
- Earthquake strikes Sichuan, China (bbc.co.uk)
- Gallery: Scores dead after earthquake in China’s Sichuan province (metro.co.uk)