Racial incidents in NYC and Minneapolis dominate US front pages


IN THE PAPERS - Wednesday, May 27: We look at doubts around the efficiency of hydroxycholoroquine in treating coronavirus, which is the focus of French daily Libération. Also, a development in a longstanding extradition case between Israel and Australia involving a woman accused of 74 counts of child sex abuse while headmistress at a religious school in Melbourne. There's lots of focus on race in the New York Daily News after a viral video of a white woman calling the police on a black man in Central Park on Monday. Finally, Twitter has moved to fact-check the US president.


A pretty well-known face here in France is on the front page of daily Libération: Professor Didier Raoult, an ardent advocate of the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine in treating coronavirus. The World Health Organization has suspended trials involving the drug for safety reasons, a move that Professor Raoult has called a disavowal. Libération wonders today if the drug is a pill without a future, as the headline reads.

To Israel now where authorities have made an important decision in a longstanding extradition case. Malka Leifer was headmistress of a religious school in Australia. After being accused of 74 counts of child sexual assault, she fled to Israel in 2008 and claimed mental incapacity to stand trial, straining ties between the two countries. An Israeli court has now deemed her fit to stand trial but it could be months, if at all before she is actually extradited, the Jerusalem Post says. 

There's a particular focus on race on the front page of the New York Daily News. It comes after the naming and shaming of a white woman in Central Park who called the police on Christian Cooper, a black bird watcher during a filmed encounter on Monday over her unleashed dog. Amy Cooper (no relation) has since been fired from her job. It comes after another black man, George Floyd, died on Monday in Minneapolis after a police officer knelt on his neck during an arrest. The incidents have sparked multiple firsthand opinion pieces by people of colour about personal experiences of microaggression. Ernest Owens' account of being a black queer man is well worth a read in The New York Times today.

Finally, Twitter has added a fact-check warning to Donald Trump’s tweets for the first time, concerning mail-in ballots. Trump has described the move as stifling free speech but for many of his critics, fact checking the Twitter-happy President of the United States has been a long time coming. That's in the Huffington Post.

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