Jordan’s reaction to ISIS burning pilot alive and Taipei TransAsia plane crash were the focus of Canadian international coverage Thursday.
By Duncan Spence, for the International Reporting Bureau Humber College
Canadian international coverage Thursday was split between Jordan’s reaction to its slain pilot and the Taipei TransAsia plane crash.
The Globe and Mail opened its international coverage with a front page-report by Geoffrey York that detailed the “withering” popularity of Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan. The report ran above the fold with the headline, “In Nigeria, the closest election race in history” and was accompanied by a Reuters photograph of Jonathan at an election rally.
The Globe also included a report penned by Faith Hung and Michael Gold titled “Airplane swerves through Taipei streets in deadly crash.” The report ran with a series of three Reuters photos showing the plane hitting a bridge.[node:related]
The National Post kicked off its international coverage with a report co-written by Tom Phillips in Beijing and Grace Tsoi in Taipei. The report ran under the headline “Tragedy in Taiwan: Survivors swept away after crash into river.” It ran above the fold on the front page, and was accompanied by a Getty Images photo of the plane hitting a bridge.
Shifting to the Middle East, the Post also featured coverage of the reaction to the killing of Jordanian pilot Muadh al-Kasasbeh. The report, by Rod Nordland and David D. Kirkpatrick of The New York Times, ran on page A7 with the headline “Jordanians rally behind their king.” It was published alongside an Associated Press photo of a crowd waiting for King Abdullah II at an airport in Amman.
The Toronto Star launched its international coverage on page A8 with an article written by AP reporters Haruna Umar and Michelle Faul. The report detailed a two-front attack on Boko Haram by troops from Nigeria, Cameroon and Chad. It ran under the headline “Boko Haram hit hard on two fronts” and featured no visuals.
The Star continued its coverage with a Getty photo of freed Latvian-Australian Al Jazeera reporter Peter Greste. The photo ran with the headline “Home and safe” above a report by AP reporter Maggie Michael on the sentencing of 230 secular activists. The report carried the headline “Egypt sentences 230 to life for 2011 uprising,” and ran without its own visuals.
The Star also carried the report on the Jordanian reaction from Nordland and Kirkpatrick under the headline “Arab world condemns pilot’s death.” The report ran with a Getty photo of the pilot’s father during a ceremony for his son.
The CBC launched its online international coverage with a report under the headline “John Kerry travels to Ukraine as U.S. considers sending weapons.” The report ran with no byline, and an AP photo of Kerry meeting with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.
The CBC also ran a report from AP headlined “Canadian Julia Garratt, accused in China spying case, out on bail,” which ran with a video backgrounder.
Closing out the CBC’s international coverage was a report from AP on the Taipei TransAsia crash. The report ran under the headline “TransAsia pilot said ‘mayday, engine flameout’ moments before deadly Taiwan plane crash.” It was accompanied by a Getty photo of inspectors as they surveyed the wreckage of the plane.
CTV began its international coverage with a report from AP writers Kiley Armstrong and Jim Fitzgerald on the aftermath of the New York train crash. The report ran under the headline “SUV driver under scrutiny in NY train crash probe” and was accompanied by an AP photo of the SUV being removed from the scene.
CTV continued its international coverage, moving to Taiwan, with a report from AP writer Ralph Jennings. The report ran under the headline “TransAsia pilot issued mayday moments before crash” and included a video backgrounder.
Rounding out CTV’s international coverage was a report from AP on the evolving situation in Ukraine. The report ran under the headline “Giving Ukraine weapons could trigger Russian reaction, NATO general warns” and was accompanied by an AP photograph of French President Francois Hollande.