Quebec unrest generates more than 3,000 news reports in 77 countries: analysis

The Canadian Press

MONTREAL - The civil unrest consuming Quebec is also seizing media attention abroad — with more than 3,000 news reports from 77 different countries in recent weeks.

That's according to an analysis by Montreal-based company Influence Communication, which is monitoring Canadian and foreign media coverage of the conflict.

Influence analyst Caroline Roy says the student crisis generated 66 times more foreign news coverage in two months than Canada's entire mission in Afghanistan.

She says the volume of foreign coverage spiked a couple of weeks ago, after Quebec adopted an emergency law that set strict rules on demonstrations.

In Quebec, Roy says local media have already dedicated 20 per cent more news reports to the student crisis than the their overall, years-long coverage of the sponsorship scandal.

The Influence analysis examined newspaper, TV, radio and online coverage of major international media organizations between March 22 and May 28.