Wikileaks Country Media Attention Index: Some Selected Examples

In a precedent post we showed results related to the prevalence of Wikileaks news in different countries, in relation with all news related to USA issues or to Barack Obama. In a similar context, we present now the examples of some countries highly affected by Wikileaks related news, and how its association with this affaire has evolved in time.

The way we calculate this measure here is the following: we estimate the Wikileaks media impact value of each country by the number of news received worldwide explicitly related to any Wikielaks issue, in comparison with the average number of news received by all 190 countries in our data set. The evolution in time of the series presented in the following graphs refers to the 30-days moving average value.

Please note that we are using relative values (how much present is a given country in comparison to average), and not absolute values (total number of news received by a given country). Relative values allows us to identify which are the countries most associated to Wikileaks news in any moment, independently of how much media attention is generating Wikileaks. In fact, in a previous post on the evolution of Wikileaks related news, we showed that there was a clear downward trend since Mid December (an actualization of data will come in a future post).

Bearing all this information in mind, we move to the presentation of results concerning some relevant countries. We will not provide extesive comments or analysis to single results, as our main goal is not to give explanation and intepretation of results, but to provide empirical data to people and institutions aware and interested in Wikileaks implications.

First case refers to the USA. Self evidently, it is the single country most affected by Wikielaks. Its Media Impact value moves always above 18 points. Right now it has surpassed the barrier of 25 points. This means that last month news referred to USA and Wikileaks is some 25 times higher than the average of news received by all countries.

The second set of countries analyzed refers to the other four members of the UN Security Council. They all follow a similar path, with the exception of United Kindgom, that experienced a huge increase by mid December, with a peak of 10 points. This departure from the common behaviour reflect the worldwide impact of the arrest of Julian Assange in british territory.

There is a smooth decreasing trend of media presence of Russia, China and France, moving from the initial 7 points, to a 5 points level by the end of December. Compare this values with those reached by the USA.

In the following two graphs we show the examples of some countries in Asia and in the Americas more affected by the US foreign policy these recent years. It shows clear information about how important each country is in the Wikileaks reputation crisis, and how evolve in time its presence in the Wikileaks storytelling.

Finally, we present the evolution of two countries affected by Wikileaks because of their relation with the founder of the organization, the Australian Julian Assange, with a pending judicial demand in Sweden.


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