Passive structures are often used in the news as this type of structure lets us focus on what has happened without necessarily mentioning who has done it. These are recent examples:
- A 55-year old man has been killed in an attack at a south London betting shop. (BBC news)
- Three further arrests have been made in connection with the murder of off-duty soldier Lee Rigby, police have said. (BBC news)
- Two men have been charged with endarering an aircraft after RAF Typhoon jets escorted a passanger plane over the UK. (BBC news)
- Women were secretly filmed at West Point, the Army Says. (New York Times)
Powerful tornados ripped through Oklahoma, with dozens believed to have been killed in winds of up to 200mph, including at least 20 children at an elementary school.As many as 26 tornadoes were reported in Oklahoma, Kansas, Illinois and Iowa, according to the National Weather Service, with 91 people confirmed dead in Oklahoma thus far. (Huffington Post)
If you have a look at the most important online newspapers in English you will be able to see many other good examples of passive structures in the news. Just have a try.