A single article of 2572 characters (with spaces). Title: “Declaration of the Government of the Falkland Islands on the death of Queen Elizabeth II“. That was all the coverage that the Penguin Newsthe only local newspaper, did about the death of the monarch that shocked the world this Thursday, September 8.
The text of the note is a statement from the local government about the death. The statement begins: “With deep sadness, the Government of the islands falklands (for the Falkland Islands) has learned today of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II”.
“The Queen dedicated her life to the service of her country and its peoples and has been a much loved and respected figure throughout the world. Throughout her reign she has strengthened relations between nations around the world, providing stability and unity. over nearly a century of change and uncertainty,” he continues.
The text highlights that Elizabeth II, as head of the commonwealth (British Commonwealth of Nations), “presides over 54 independent countries and 14 overseas territories.” “During his reign he has traveled more than any other monarch, making numerous historic visits abroad, many of them to the Commonwealth,” they write.
Royal Patron or President of more than 600 charities, military associations, professional bodies and public service organizations, Her Majesty dedicated her life to helping others.
And the article continues: “Of her many passions in life, horses and the preservation of wildlife and the environment were the areas in which the Queen felt happiest.”
“The Queen ruled for longer than any other monarch in British history, celebrating her Platinum Jubilee (70 years) on Sunday 5 June 2022. She dedicated her life to her family, raising four children and welcoming the grandchildren and then great-grandchildren to the Royal Family,” it reads.
And at this point the declarations of the locals begin. The text quotes Roger Spink, President of the Legislative Assembly. “On behalf of the people of the Falkland Islands, we wish to express our deepest condolences to the royal family at this painful time,” he said.
“We have a deep and abiding affection for Her Majesty The Queen, who on her 21st birthday declared ‘that my whole life, long or short, shall be devoted to her service’.” “Her Majesty dedicated her life to the service of her country and the Falkland Islands dedicated themselves to the Queen by participating in many of her celebrations”keep going.
“As head of the Commonwealth, His Majesty has supported our islands in many important events, including the invasion and subsequent liberation of the islands“, sentences the kelper text on the war with Argentina in 1982.
“The loss of the Queen will be deeply felt throughout our community, she will never be forgotten and I would like to again express my deepest condolences and that of the people of the Falklands to the Royal Family.”
“In tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, government buildings will fly their flags at half-staff. The Government will observe a period of national mourning for her passing and further information will be provided in due course,” the statement concludes.
In her 70 years as monarch, Elizabeth II even took a leading role in some of the conflicts that occurred during her reign, such as that in Northern Ireland, where she helped normalize Anglo-Irish relations, while she even promised to defend the British military occupation of Gibraltar and the Falkland Islands.
“My government will ensure the security, good governance and development of the Overseas Territories, including the protection of the right of the people of the Falkland Islands (Malvinas) and of the Gibraltarians to determine their political futures,” the queen declared in 2013 when presenting before Parliament the legislative program of the government.
The history of this medium
The Penguin News (PN) is the only newspaper published in the Falkland Islands, born in 1979. “Local and overseas events related to the Falkland Islands. The newspaper includes current events, job advertisements, your letters, local sports results, a television guide, columns of guests and much more”, is sold on the website.
According to Wikipedia, “it prints 1,300 copies and reaches more than 90% of homes” in the Islands. “It is a weekly newspaper and is available on Fridays in print at Stanley stores, or online through our website. We hope you enjoy our content,” reads a brief statement signed by Lisa Watson, the CEO.
In their “our history” tab, they mention that it was founded in 1979 by its first director and then owner, Graham Bound (who, some 40 years later, is still contributing an opinion column to the newspaper).
The first issue appeared in October of that year, with a motif of dancing penguins on the cover that became its trademark for the first few years. Initially, PN was published monthly, and remained so until after the 1982 Falklands War, when the publisher hired an assistant, Robert McBride.
With twice the staff in the newsroom and now operating in a “news-rich” environment, the newspaper increased its publication frequency to bi-weekly and then weekly.