The five-year sentence of Oscar Pistorius led the world section of many Canadian news outlets Wednesday.
By Adam Jönsson, for the International Reporting Bureau at Humber College
Te sentencing of South African sprinter Oscar Pistorius, who was convicted of the culpable homicide of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, led the world headlines of several Canadian news outlets Wednesday.
The National Post ran its Pistorius story on page A10 with a four-column picture of the ‘‘Blade Runner’’ leaving the courtroom. The story had the headline ‘‘Pistorius handed five-year term’’ and was reported by the Daily Telegraph reporter Aislinn Laing from Pretoria.
The Globe and Mail focused its coverage of the sentencing around the judicial questions raised following judge Thokozile Masipa’s statement that the wealthy cannot be above the law. The story under the headline ‘‘Under scrutiny, Pistorius prison sentence raises judicial inequalities,’’ was reported by Geoffrey York from the ground in Pretoria.
The CBC led the world section of its website with ongoing coverage of the Ebola epidemic. The story with the headline ‘‘Ebola myths: 5 assumptions that aren’t true’’ gave a brief background on the outbreak and then struck down common misconceptions about the virus.
The Toronto Star led the world section of Wednesday’s paper with an Associated Press story about the trials of an Ebola vaccine set to begin in January.
CTV News ran an AP story detailing a report from the Swedish security service on how many Swedes have joined ISIS forces. According to the story, up to 150 people have left the Scandinavian country to fight in the Middle East.
Global News led its world section with a story about the American detainee released by North Korea earlier this week. The story was reported by The Canadian Press and covered Jeffrey Fowle’s return to the U.S. where the 56-year-old was reunited with his family.