PEJ News Coverage Index: February 21-27, 2011. Libya on the Brink Leads the News

Mar 01, 2011

With Libya engulfed in civil war, the continuing turmoil in the Mideast returned to the top of the mainstream news agenda.

From February 21-27, events in the Middle East, dominated by the precarious situation in Libya, accounted for 35% of the newshole, according to the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism. Up from 22% the previous week, this marks the fourth time in the last five weeks the Mideast has ranked as the No. 1 story in PEJ’s News Coverage Index.

A closely related topic—the rise in oil and gas prices attributed to the Libyan instability—filled another 2% of the newshole.

Read the full report Libya on the Brink Leads the News on the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism Web site.

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