Below is our regular end of month count of written 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.
The count does not include the articles summing up 2014 in the Middle East or those giving predictions for the year ahead which appeared during January. Non-specific articles which cannot be categorized according to country – such as round-ups of Middle Eastern media reactions to certain events – are also not included.
Syria received the most exposure on the BBC News website’s Middle East page during January, followed by Egypt and Israel in joint second place. The political unrest in Yemen put that country in fourth place and Saudi Arabia came fifth in terms of exposure largely due to two stories; the death of its monarch and the flogging of writer and blogger Raif Badawi. A significant proportion of the coverage devoted to the PA territories & Gaza Strip related to the PA’s bid to join the International Criminal Court.
For the twenty-third month running, Israel is to be found in the top five countries receiving the most exposure on the BBC News website’s Middle East page.
BBC Israel focus in numbers: December 2014 (includes links to all previous months)