Below is our regular end of month count of articles appearing on the Middle East page of the BBC News website according to the twenty-two countries and territories defined by the BBC as making up that region per the profiles on that page.
As in previous months (see ‘related articles’ below), the count relates to three categories of articles – headline, non-headline and features – with the total representing both the appearance of a report and its level of exposure in terms of the number of days it stayed up on the site.
This particular month, several articles concerning Turkey appeared on the Middle East page. Seeing as that country is not defined by the BBC as belonging to the Middle East, those articles are not included in the count below.
For the fourth consecutive month Iraq got the most exposure on the BBC News website’s Middle East page throughout September – mostly in connection with ISIS. Syria received the second-most coverage – also primarily in connection with ISIS and the US-led coalition’s actions. Relatedly, all the BBC’s September articles concerning the UAE addressed one topic: a female Emirati pilot involved in coalition airstrikes. Israel came third in terms of coverage, Iran fourth and Egypt fifth. Despite significant political unrest in Yemen, that country was only seventh. All the articles appearing in the category ‘Golan Heights’ related to the UNDOF forces stationed in the former DMZ, some of whom had been abducted when the month began.
BBC Israel focus in numbers: March 2014 (includes links to all previous months)