Top 10 stories of the week

Posted on: February 4th, 2019 by
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Recent weeks in Australian newsrooms have been dominated by a single issue – whether it be the slew of releases from the WikiLeaks website, or the devastation visited upon Queensland.

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This week, however, you were clicking on a whole host of stories across the board.

In case you missed it, or chose to ignore it, it was Australia Day, and the list of which Australians had been honoured proved our biggest clicker of the week.

In fact, it only just pipped an article which has been topping our charts for weeks now, the interactive floods map. With large parts of Victoria underwater, the issue hasn’t disappeared, even if the headlines are reducing in number.

Julian Assange. There’s an Australian people want to hear more about, and there were plenty of you wanting to know more about what was perhaps a stunt on behalf of a certain men’s mag to name him ‘un-Australian of the year.’ It was our third biggest story of the week, and it certainly provoked debate in the comment section.

Undoubtedly, some Australians would be far more inclined to admire the actions of one Corporal Benjamin Roberts-Smith, an SAS digger awarded the prestigious Victoria Cross for protecting fellow soldiers and running through open fire to rescue an interpreter. His story was our fourth biggest this week.

Did someone say mystery World War Two photos in number five? German prosecutors were handed a trove of photos which showed gruesome scenes on Germany’s wartime Eastern Front. Authorities would like to find out where the images came from in order to press charges.

As the Australian Open progresses, SBS readers have been keen on checking out the action, and our photo gallery has been rating well, dropping into the sixth spot.

But you hadn’t had enough of Australia Day, or Invasion Day, as some indigenous Australians call it. In the number seven spot was an article about Liberal indigenous MP Ken Wyatt’s call to ‘move on’ from the debate about whether to shift Australia Day from the 26th of January.

Somali Pirates have popped in and out of the Western news agenda over the last couple of years, and the fact that South Korean commandos had stormed a ship and killed eight of them proved our eighth biggest piece of the week. Whether shipping off the east coast of Africa will become progressively safer in the coming months, we are yet to find out.

No plain sailing down south, with Tasmanian premier David Bartlett resigning this week. Residents of the island state were presumably not alone in checking out why – and the article climbed into ninth spot.

Finally, we head to the Middle East, and the seemingly intractable conflict between Israel and the Palestinians. Suspicions that the Palestinian Authority has been making what many would call major concessions to Israel in the hunt for a Palestinian state seemed to be confirmed.

Documents were leaked to the Al Jazeera network, showing amongst other things, pledges to give up on large parts of east Jerusalem, and cede them to Israel.

Leaks at the heart of the story, and Julian Assange not even in sight.


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