Gallery: The Sydney siege in front pages

On Monday, December 15, Sydney ground to a standstill as the spectre of terrorism – or perhaps just plain evil – moved closer to home than ever before. As social media exploded with speculation and real time coverage surrounding the Martin Place hostage situation, media outlets and particularly newspapers took a prominent position in framing the event, which ended in tragedy at around 2.15am on Tuesday with the death of two hostages and the gunman, who was well known to police.

Powerful images of hostages escaping emerged and were splashed across all Australian metropolitan papers.

The Daily Telegraph published a special 2pm edition on Monday. On Tuesday morning the Daily Tele devoted 16 pages, the Herald Sun 13 pages, The Courier-Mail 11 pages and The Sydney Morning Herald a 12-page wraparound dedicated to the tragedy. The Telegraph also brought out 3am and 5am special editions, The Courier-Mail a 3am edition and the Herald Sun a 7am edition for sale in the city.

Online coverage became a marathon as readers stayed tuned overnight to hear the outcome, with both the Herald and the Telegraph teams live blogging for around 36 hours and pulling in huge traffic and engagement.

The siege was widely covered around the world. Take a look at the variety of front pages here and abroad as the world held its breath with the Australian public and outpourings of sympathy and unity emerged.

The Sydney Morning Herald wrap, Wednesday, December 17

The Sydney Morning Herald wrap, Wednesday, December 17

The Daily Telegraph, Wednesday, December 17

The Daily Telegraph, Wednesday, December 17

The Australian, Wednesday, December 17

The Australian, Wednesday, December 17

The Newcastle Herald, Tuesday, December 16

The Newcastle Herald, Tuesday, December 16

The Canberra Times, Tuesday, December 16

The Canberra Times, Tuesday, December 16

The Adelaide Advertiser, Tuesday, December 16

The Adelaide Advertiser, Tuesday, December 16

The Daily Telegraph, 5am edition, Tuesday, December 16

The Daily Telegraph, 5am edition, Tuesday, December 16

The Sydney Morning Herald, Tuesday, December 16

The Sydney Morning Herald, Tuesday, December 16

The Geelong Advertiser, Tuesday, December 16

The Geelong Advertiser, Tuesday, December 16

The Australian Financial Review, Tuesday, December 16

The Australian Financial Review, Tuesday, December 16

The Herald Sun, 3am edition, Tuesday, December 16

The Herald Sun, 3am edition, Tuesday, December 16

The Herald Sun, 7am edition, Tuesday, December 16

The Herald Sun, 7am edition, Tuesday, December 16

The Mercury, Tuesday, December 16

The Mercury, Tuesday, December 16

The Daily Telegraph's special 2pm wrap edition on Monday December 15

The Daily Telegraph’s special 2pm wrap edition, Monday December 15

mX Monday

mX, Monday, December 15

USA Today on Monday, December 15

USA Today, Monday, December 15

The Wall Street Journal on Monday, December 15

The Wall Street Journal, Monday, December 15

The Courier-Mail's special 3am edition, Tuesday, December 16

The Courier-Mail’s special 3am edition, Tuesday, December 16

The Sydney Morning Herald, Tuesday, December 16

The Sydney Morning Herald, Tuesday, December 16

The Times, Tuesday, December 16

The Times, Tuesday, December 16

The Australian, Tuesday, December 16

The Australian, Tuesday, December 16

The Herald Sun, Tuesday, December 16

The Herald Sun, Tuesday, December 16

Independent Tuesday

The Independent, Tuesday, December 16

The Age, Tuesday, December 16

The Age, Tuesday, December 16

Metro, Tuesday, December 16

Metro, Tuesday, December 16

The Daily Telegraph, Tuesday, December 16

The Daily Telegraph, Tuesday, December 16

The Straits Times, Tuesday, December 16

The Straits Times, Tuesday, December 16

The Scottish Daily Mail, Tuesday, December 16

The Scottish Daily Mail, Tuesday, December 16

Courier Mail, Tuesday, December 16

Courier Mail, Tuesday, December 16

The Guardian, Tuesday, December 16

The Guardian, Tuesday, December 16

The International New York Times, Tuesday, December 16

The International New York Times, Tuesday, December 16

i (The Independent), Tuesday, December 16

i (The Independent), Tuesday, December 16

The Telegraph, Tuesday, December 16

The Telegraph, Tuesday, December 16

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