Most Misleading Headline

31st March 2016 - 1st april 2017

Nominate the most misleading headline in a national newspaper or magazine over the last year. It's a very rich field.

The Daily Express leads the way in sheer quantity of complete tosh about migrants and the weather on its front page. But the Mail and the Sun are not far behind.  But we're looking for the most MISLEADING headline - in other words a front page which has little connection with the article that follows or underlying research

Typical examples would include the Sun's 1 in 5 Muslims, or Queen Backs Brexit, the Times' 'Labour's £1ooo Tax Bombshell', or 'We Come from Europe' from the Daily Mail. 

Click on the gallery below for inspiration and recent examples. 


2017 Finalists

THE WINNER: Daily Mail 'We're From Europe Let Us In!'

Squeezed in among storage boxes, another lorry load of migrants sneak into Britain.
It is believed that the lorry arrived in the United Kingdom from Belgium.
The 11 stowaways – three of them children – were intercepted by police in east London yesterday.
Asked where they were from, they replied: 'Iraq' and 'Kuwait'.
The dramatic pictures emerged as the Tories were accused of being in referendum chaos over border controls. George Osborne insisted there would be no change to European Union rules on freedom of movement.

In common with other newspapers, an earlier version of this agency story said that stowaways intercepted in east London had told police that they were ‘from Europe’. In fact, while they had travelled to the UK from mainland Europe, the migrants told police they were from Iraq and Kuwait.

Daily Mail 'Enemies of the People' 

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Fury over 'out of touch' judges who have 'declared war on democracy' by defying 17.4m Brexit voters and who could trigger constitutional crisis
Brexit Secretary David Davis warned judges and MPs not to defy the will of the British public
Gloating Remainers took to social media to boast about a victory for 'democracy';
MPs predicted the chaos could delay Brexit by up to a year;
Judges left the door open to the taxpayer being saddled with a hefty legal bill for costs;
A group of pro-Remain Tory and Labour MPs met to plot how the ruling could be used to force Mrs May to reveal more about her broad negotiating aims;
Scotland's first minister Nicola Sturgeon threatened to join the legal action in her own bid to frustrate Brexit;
Brexiteers pointed out that a £9million taxpayer-funded leaflet sent to every home clearly stated that the referendum result would be followed directly by ministers;
Bookmakers shortened the odds on a 2017 general election to 2/1.
The row exploded yesterday morning when a panel led by the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Thomas, ruled that Mrs May cannot trigger Article 50 – the formal two-year process for leaving the EU – without a vote by Parliament.
This is despite a clear commitment by the Government during the referendum to enact the public's verdict without delay. A furious Number Ten vowed to challenge the 'disappointing' decision in the Supreme Court next month.
The judge who has threw a spanner in the works yesterday is, professionally at least, a committed Europhile.
Lord Chief Justice John Thomas was a founder of the European Law Institute, a club of lawyers and academics aiming to ‘improve’ EU law.
He was also president of the European Network of Councils for the Judiciary for two years.
Master of the Rolls Sir Terence Etherton is no stranger to the cut and thrust of politics.
He qualified for the 1980 Moscow Olympics as part of the British fencing team – but boycotted the games in protest against the USSR’s invasion of Afghanistan.
The 65-year-old, who took his role as the second most senior judge last month, made legal history a decade ago as the first openly gay judge to be made a Lord Justice of Appeal.

The Sun 'Supermarket Terror: Gunman ‘screaming Allahu Akbar’

Asked about the man screaming 'Allahu Akbar', the officer told La Region he had heard him say something in Euskara - the language of the Basque region - but didn't understand it. 

An earlier version of this story reported claims that the gunman shouted "Allahu Akbar" as he opened fire, which turned out to be incorrectly reported by a Spanish newspaper. We have amended the story and apologise for the error.