Daily Express Claims Fake Statistics

The Daily Express (Thursday 1st October, 2015)

Headline Reads: Asylum Claims Hit Record High.

Giles Sheldrick, writes that “648,195 asylum seekers applied to begin a new life in Europe” in 2015. In this claim he asserts that the EU has been faced with a record number of asylum seekers over the past eight months. Sheldrick names the “EU data body Euro-stat” as his source later in the article. The statistics provided by this organisation do not match those of Sheldrick’s. Although the article is correct in its assertion that asylum seekers applications are on the increase, the correct statistic shows an “increase of almost 95 thousand applicants in relation to the year before”.

In using these false statistics the author unnecessarily contributes to the wider anxieties of the British public and those within the EU.

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The Telegraph’s One Sided Approach.

The Telegraph (October 9, 2015) Headline Reads: “Why is the world ignoring a wave of terror in Israel?”.

As tensions continue to rise in the West Bank numerous journalists have attempted to highlight the causes and solutions. In doing so, one such journalist, Arsen Ostrovsky, completely disregards the nuances of the conflict. In his article for the Telegraph he writes that “such acts of pitiless slaughter are the direct result of a pervasive Palestinian infrastructure headed by PA President Mahmoud Abbas, indoctrinating hate, inciting violence and instilling a worldview justifying such gruesome acts”. Nowhere within the article does Ostrovsky highlight the issues of Israeli occupation, IDF brutality or the continual violations to the Al-Aqsa Mosque. The implication of such comments, renders Palestinians and the Palestinian Authority the root cause of the violence.

Such a retelling of recent events within the West Bank only seeks to create further divisions and ruptures.

Anonymous Sources: Uncertainty in The Sunday Times

The Sunday Times (September 27, 2015) Headline Reads: “Syria’s dictator gains time as West falls into Kremlin trap”.

As Putin heads to the UN today to debate the future of Syrian intervention, the Sunday Times article alludes to claims that Russia will be taking a hard-line approach to Syria and the West’s intervention. As one anonymous source states: “Nor can you shun us forever”, there is a suggestion in the article that Russia is preparing for fierce debate. Whether Russia’s aims are illustrative of such an approach, is yet to be confirmed, but, the Sunday Time’s usage of anonymous sources is somewhat problematic. Using unsourced quotes from those “close to the Kremlin” or a “Western diplomat” provide nothing to the inquires made within the article. Rather, the use of such unsourced quotations produces a worrying cloud of uncertainty over the motivations behind such an article.

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