The BBC News website’s Middle East page features ‘Country Profiles’ for twenty states and two ‘territories’ – the Golan Heights and the Palestinian Territories.
On the basis of those categories, BBC Watch carried out a count of articles featured on the Middle East page every day throughout the month of March 2013. Two categories were employed: one relates to the headline articles which appear with an accompanying synopsis. The other category relates to articles which appear usually below the headlined articles without a synopsis (as shown in the red box in the example below) and may be either reports which previously appeared as headline articles or new items in their own right.
Thus, in the example above we would see five headline articles and seven non-headline articles. ‘Related articles’ appearing as links under a headline report were not counted. The count relates to the number of times an article appeared…
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