ACTIVITY REPORT published on 15 Nov 2017 • Department / Unit News Media

Activity Report 2016-2017: News

This past news year has been dominated by Donald Trump’s coming to power and his Twitter-based presidency with constant accusations against mainstream media journalists of providing fake coverage. On the global level there was also emerging evidence of Russia’s meddling in the US and European elections and a growing threat of global nuclear conflict with US-North Korea tensions.

In Europe, far-right groups have seen the highest popularity at any time since the end of the Second World War and we have been witnessing a changing European political landscape with key  elections in Holland, France, UK, and Germany where the radical right-wing party became the third-largest force in the Bundestag, Germany’s parliament, as well as the riseof the right in Austria. The terror threat remained very high in Europe with more horrific terrorist attacks in many European countries including the attack by a suicide bomber during an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester in May 2017 that claimed 22 lives.

Last but not least, the news agenda was also often dominated by many natural disasters that have hit every continent in 2017: flooding and monsoons in South Asia, hurricanes and major earthquakes in North America, or landslides and drought in Africa.

The News Exchange objective remained to provide the most comprehensive, diverse and timely coverage of these events.