SA reported on more terror attacks outside of Paris than other countries

2015-11-22 13:30
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Johannesburg - South African media has generated some of the highest proportion of media reports on terrorist attacks other than those in Paris, across the world, Roi Africa reported on Sunday.

"In South African news media almost 70% of the reporting focuses on terror attacks," said the organisation's head Tonya Khoury.

Just over 45% of all stories published in SA media dealt with the Paris attacks, while nearly a quarter reported on other terrorist attacks outside of Paris.  

The statistics generated were for the past week.

Internationally, the Paris attacks claimed an 81% slice of media interest.

"No other story comes close," said Khoury.  

Terror attacks in other parts of the world this week, however, generated less than 2% of international media coverage.

Other popular local news items included the university #FeesMustFall protests that have previously dominated headlines as well current water shortages.  

President Jacob Zuma's laughter-filled last appearance for the year in Parliament was among the smaller news items that generated some interest.

Social chatter

Meanwhile across the country's social media platforms, #FeesMustFall continued to dominate the social conversation.

South Africa's water crisis as summer heatwaves hit many parts of the country, represented just over 15% of all informal media chats.  The giggling president was more prevalent on social media than in formal reports, with it grabbing a 12.7% proportion of discussion, compared to 1.47% of official articles.

Also making an appearance in global media was the announcement by American actor Charlie Sheen of his HIV positive status, the death of New Zealand rugby player Jonah Lomu and singer Adele's new hit single 'Hello'.

130 were killed on November 13 as a result of coordinated attacks across various entertainment venues in Paris.

The media statistics were generated from 60 000 international online newspapers and thousands of local publications and dozens of radio and TV stations.  Social media was analysed across 206 international social networks.

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