The value of a life?

Driving home from work yesterday the “main story” was the shooting of 2 journalists in Virginia. This is a shocking, tragic event. Another story was mentioned in passing – 50 migrants found dead in the hold of a boat off the Italian coast. Part of a huge, incomprehensible story of human suffering.

How do media organisations determine the value of one human life over another? Why are two deaths more newsworthy than 50? What values lie behind this decision? What does it say about us a society?

The images below illustrate the matter. The image on the left shows the BBC’s new homepage, with no mention of the migrant story; the image on the right show the world news page confirms the relative profile of these stories.

(Click on the images to enlarge them.)

Words fail me.

Lord have mercy!

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