Egypt and Tunisia. Twin Wikileaks Stories? (and 3)

Third and final post about the analysis of the Egypt crisis through the content of Wikilekas related news. In the precedetn post we found that some issues are clearly more related to the ongoing unrest and political crisis than to strictly the content of the cables revealed by Wikileaks. This appears clear again in the issues we show now, that seem to be strongly linked to how international media is portraying the crisis in Egypt, in comparison wo how it was explained when referring to Tunisia. Anyhow, we focus our analysis specifically to those news including Wikileaks as part of the explanation or source in the news article. In a future post we will show the differences of the storyline comparing all news to Wikileaks related news, using the Egypt case or other cases.

First three graphs contain issues that we identify as more closely linked to the description or interpretation of what the political context is in Egypt (and in Tunisia by comparison). As in the precedent posts, results help to show how media perceive each country crisis (comparative analysis), but it also offers clear insight of what are the “trending topics”, as the value taken by each issue tells us how frequently it has been used against other terms.

As always, we minimize the comments to the results. First graph indicates that the relevant foreign countries (Iran, Israel), are much more present in Egypt than in Tunisia. Egypt puts clearly the crisis inside the Middle East framework. As for the issues related to religion in both muslim countries, the concern about fundamentalism clearly predominates in Egypt related news.

Concerning the key players, the army plays a more relevant role in Egypt, while elections were more present in news about Tunisia.

It was quite surprising for us to find that foreign countries are much more present in the Tunisia crisis and Wikileaks news than in Egypt. It is also surprising to see that France acquires a minor role in English speaking media when referring to Tunisia. It is more balanced with the presence of other international powers in Egypt case.

Media play a relevant role in terms of prevalence in articles, but surprisingly enough, it is more important in Tunisia than in Egypt. Remember nevertheless that we are analysing here only Wikileaks news, and not all news.

Next graphs shows results concerning values and attitudes.

The final figure of this post refers to business oriented issues. They are in general much more present in the news about Tunisia.