From Twitter to al-Jazeera disgraced Katsav makes headlines

The international media - from Iran to the US - has prominently featured the former president's conviction on rape charges.

December 30, 2010 14:17
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Moshe Katsav on CNN's website

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The international media – from Iran to the US – prominently featured the former president’s conviction on rape charges Thursday.

Moshe Katsav’s fall from grace was not only at the top of the Israeli media’s agenda; it took the top spot for news organizations around the world.

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BBC, Al-Jazeera and France 24 simultaneously aired footage of the former president entering the courthouse, and continued their coverage throughout the day.

The word “Katsav” was the ninth “trending topic” worldwide on the micro-blogging site Twitter.

Shortly after the verdict was announced on Thursday morning, CNN put the story at the top of its website, with the headline “Former Israeli president Katsav guilty of rape.” The story stayed up for hours.

Al-Jazeera also chose Katsav as its top story, writing a long, detailed report with background on the sexual misconduct trials of former justice minister Haim Ramon and former defense minister Yitzhak Mordechai.

“It is noteworthy that the Israeli president never admitted to the charges,” Al-Jazeera pointed out.

The New York Times put the story second on its homepage, saying Katsav’s verdict “inevitably leads to a prison term.” The Times’s correspondent in Israel, Isabel Kershner, said the conviction was “capping a four-year spectacle.”

British tabloid the Daily Mail’s headline was “Riddled with lies,” quoting Judge George Kara’s assessment of the former president’s testimony.

The paper also claimed that Katsav is “facing four years behind bars.”

French newspaper Le Monde featured the Katsav trial prominently, while Russian daily Pravda put “Ex-leader of Israel declared ‘serial rapist’” on its home page. The UK’s Guardian and Spanish paper El Pais followed suit.

Iranian news agency Press TV also placed the trial in one of the top spots on its website; semi-official Iranian news site Fars chose to ignore it.

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