I was watching Al-Jazeera PM news yesterday, and a bulletin about the "US fresh allegations that Assad was using a crematorium to hide evidence of mass killings" came up.
Unfortunately, I cannot find a video of the news (and the one in the linked page is very brief), but at some point the presenter was interviewing an analyst in Washington (cannot remember who). She asked this person, "what can motivate such announcement?", to which the analyst said something like
it is not clear. I mean, it is a Monday, there is no major international meeting going on, ...
This struck me immediately. I went online to find out why the day of the week of a release would matter, but I think I don't have the concepts require to find something like that. "Press release day of week", or other stuff lead me nowhere. And yet, the comment from the analyst made clear that the issue of the day of the week is (to her at least) self-evident, such as to put it in the first point of her list.
Why is the day of a press release a relevant motivation from the political perspective? Is the impact expected to be different?
I can see that a press release on a Friday could perhaps lead to big headlines during the weekend, where perhaps, people pay more attention. But there "has" to be more to it. Is there?
The issue of news in Mondays seems to be more general. For example, today (Monday 6 Nov), The Guardian and other newspapers have released the "Paradise Papers", about tax havens in Bermuda in their printed editions (although the online appeared on Sunday at 18:00). Similarly, The Guardian published the Panama Papers online on a Sunday Evening (18:50 BST, as can be seen here), but in written the Monday after. BBC news has given plenty of coverage to the issue.