September 27, 2007

Today's Front Pages Analysis

Smuggled out of Myanmar, protest news is carried worldwide

Photos of defiance appeared on front pages around the world.

“The whole world is now watching,” the Los Angeles Times quoted British Prime Minister Gordon Brown as saying, as the government of Myanmar in Asia cracked down on pro-democracy protests led by Buddhist monks.

The Internet, cell phones and citizen journalists are playing key roles in spreading the news from the country without a free press. “Web opens window to unrest in Myanmar,” said The Seattle Times, which pictured a monk crying over the arrest of others. “News smuggled out.”

A dramatic photo of monks facing Burmese riot police led a “Report from a nation in crisis” in The Daily Telegraph in London. The photo appeared in newspapers from An-Nahar in Beirut, Lebanon, to Népszabadság in Budapest, Hungary, to The Washington Post. More graphic photos of the unrest were printed in El Mundo in Madrid, Spain, and The Las Vegas Review-Journal, and news of deaths was published in the Star in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. A symbolic photo of a single monk facing police led The Boston Globe and The New York Times.

A day after a tentative agreement was reached in the GM-UAW strike, newspapers in the United States looked at what the deal means. “Analysts say deal will help GM cut costs, compete with rivals,” The Indianapolis Star said. The Lansing (Mich.) State Journal shared the quote: “‘A turning point in America.’”

Sports came out on front in some places. “Going, going, gone: It’s over for Barry in S.F.,” the San Francisco Examiner said in reporting Barry Bonds’ last home game as a Giant before becoming a free agent. In Women’s World Cup Soccer being played in China, Germany defeated Norway 3-0 to reach the finals, and celebratory photos graced German newspapers, including Fuldaer Zeitung in Fulda. Germany will play the winner of today’s U.S.-Brazil game.

kkennedy@freedomforum.org Kate Kennedy is front-pages editor at the Newseum.

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