Giulio Regeni and the case of media selection

On January 25, the day that marks the fifth anniversary of the 2011 uprising, Italian PhD student Giulio Regeni disappeared. Ten days later, his body was found in Cairo by the side of the road.

Regeni’s death has made news globally. His photo has circulated around the world because, unlike the images of thousands of Egyptians who have met a similar fate, his has more political currency on the international news market. 

Where the Italian media once scrambled for the title of biggest or best, news outlets have come together to provide a cohesive view of the Regeni case, and more widely, Egypt’s human rights record under Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.

The ensuing coverage has prompted a major diplomatic fallout, with the recall of Italy’s ambassador to Egypt, and questions about the people whose photos and stories have failed to make it on to our news bulletins.

This week, we take a look at how the media in Egypt and in Italy are dealing with the story.

Talking us through this media divide are: Sherine Tadros, Middle East correspondent at Sky News; Laura Cappon, Editor at Rai Radio 2; Giuseppe Acconcia, journalist and researcher; and Dr HA Hellyer, Associate Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute.

Source: Al Jazeera