Does terrorism sell newspapers? Is a climate of fear and uncertainty
good for the media business? Will more people be “alert and alarmed” if
they feel they’re living in a country where terror is lurking on every
street corner?

If you’re the editor of the Sydney Daily Telegraph,
there can be no doubt about the answers: yes, yes and yes. And it’s
even better because you can claim you’re simply reporting the facts and
keeping your readers aware of the truth in an unforgiving world.

Just look at the top five stories on the Telegraph’swebsite – taken from the content of its newspaper – today:

New terror camp names:
The owner of a property that police believe was used as a terrorist
training camp will today hand over the details of four more men who
stayed at his Outback station.

Stockpile of chemicals found in shopping mall:
A stockpile of dangerous chemicals – with potential to be used to make
a bomb – have been found in a Sydney shopping mall. The area around
Casula Mall in the city’s southwest was evacuated and sealed off after
police were tipped off by cleaners on Sunday, The Daily Telegraph has learned.

Jail boss alarmed at cleric’s activities:
An Islamic cleric with alleged links to Middle Eastern terrorist groups
had been working for the Department of Corrective Services up until
June this year and had access to militant inmates, The Daily Telegraph has learned. Anwar Hisam Al Barq – who also goes by the alias Anwar El Barq – is a former Sydney taxi driver.

Five charged over courthouse attack:
Five men accused of being involved in a wild attack on media outside a
court were arrested yesterday and charged with offences including
assault and affray.

Buying in bulk drew attention:
Some of the chemicals procured by Sydney’s alleged terror cell may be
commonly available – but it was not just a matter of walking into a
shop to obtain the quantities they wanted.