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Front pages: How newspapers responded to the Orlando massacre

Meka Beresford June 13, 2016

Following one of the worst mass shootings in the history of the US, newspapers across the globe release their front pages which try to fathom the attack on LGBT people in Orlando.

Most UK papers lead with the attack:

The Metro described the gunman as “an Islamic extremist angered by two men kissing” – an allegation offered up by the gunman’s father.

The Mirror called the attack as the worst since the 9/11 terror attack which devastated the country in 2001.

The Telegraph reported that the UK’s venues and gay groups have been warned to be on high alert since the massacre.

The i noted Obama’s solidarity with the LGBT community, condemning the attack.

The Guardian dedicated it’s full front page to the massacre, analysing what the after effect will be on the US.

The Times investigated the gunman’s personal records to determine whether the attack was part of a larger terrorist plot, or if the gunman was a lone radicalised wolf.

The Sun compared the attack to the Paris attacks in November which left 90 people dead, calling it ‘America’s Bataclan’.

A select few papers failed to recognise the attack as clearly.

The Daily Star opted to run England’s position in the Euro 2016 games as it’s main story. The massacre was given a small column to the side.

The Daily Express ran something on Brexit, once again. The top of the paper is dedicated to the attack, but they fail to mention it was against LGBT people.

The Daily Mail did not feature the attack anywhere on it’s cover. Focussing on a Brexit plot and the Queen’s 90th celebration.

All US papers featured the shocking attack as front page news as sympathy out pours from people across the world.

The LGBT community has been left shaken by the attack that happened in the early hours of Sunday morning. Gunman Omar Mateen killed 50 people and injured 53 in the gay night club Pulse in Orlando with an assault rifle.

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