How Media Around the World Reacted to bin Laden's Death
Headlines Range From Brief to Bloodthirsty; Photos Include Sand Sculptures and Fake Death Pix
Most newspapers outside the Americas had already gone to press when the news broke late Sunday night that Osama Bin Laden was dead, so today's front pages mostly reflect a second-day lead on the news that dailies covered earlier online.
It also gave them time to be creative. In Brazil, Sao Paulo daily Diario do Comercio spelled out O-B-A-M-A in big red, white and blue letters, with a two-finger victory salute above the middle letter. Other pictures and headlines referred to Bin Laden's likely Al Qaeda successor, Twitter reports (Brazilians love Twitter) and the burial at sea.
Italian daily La Stampa in Turin devoted its whole front page to two dramatic side-by -side images from Ground Zero : on the left, tragic destruction in 2001, and on the right, jubilation in 2011.
In the U.K., both The Times and The Guardian devoted their whole front pages today to Bin Laden. The Times' headline was a brief "Justice is Done" while The Guardian went with the longer and more skeptical "U.S. gets its man -- but how could he hide for so long." The Daily Mail opted for bloodthirsty: "Obama Watched Bin Laden Die on Live Video." The Sun goes for catchy headlines, choosing "Bin Bagged" in a play on bin liners, the English equivalent of trash bags.
In Ecuador, Diario El Universo led with a sand sculpture of Osama Bin Laden's head as the last page of a book next to the words "The End." The sculpture was done by an artist in Puri, India at the beach, which somewhat fit the headline "Bin Laden: Thrown Into the Sea."
Iran had a different take on the story. The headline in Iran Daily was a straightforward "Osama Killed in U.S. Attack." The story starts: "With the death of Al Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden foreign powers no longer have a pretext to send their armies to the volatile region under the pretext of America's so-called "war on terror," the Foreign Ministry spokesman said in Tehran on Monday. Elsewhere in the region, the Kuwait Times reported "Bin Laden Dead" and ran related stories on page 1, including "Clerics Slam Burial at Sea" and "Islamist MPs pay Tribute to Laden; U.S. Embassy Hails Death."
In Africa, The Namibian ran, among other photos, a picture that had been circulating on the internet that Pakistani TV described as the bloodied face of Osama Bin Laden after he was shot. The paper pointed out, however, that the picture was likely a fake, since Bin Laden's beard and lower face had apparently been digitally superimposed on another body.
China Daily ran a picture from a celebratory Times Square with the headline "Battle Is Not Over" above an Associated Press story, and smaller photos of Obama and Bin Laden.
In India, The Telegraph in Calcutta devoted the entire front page to the story, below giant typography reading "Dead or Alive" with a blood-red slash through the last two words. A strapline promised more coverage inside about "The most hunted, the hunting ground and the hunters."
In the main story in Jamaica's Daily Observer, a government official blasted residents for flouting local litter laws, and waved incriminating photos of litter. Other news was relegated to a small story along the bottom of the page: "Bin Laden's Death Sparks Relief, Outrage."