Press Roundup Friday 21 August 2009

By Press Office
August 21, 2009

A selection of stories from today's press and other media that relate to Ekklesia's work, produced daily by James Vincent and covering papers such as The Times, Daily Telegraph, Independent and Guardian.

Religion & Society

BBC's flagship Asian radio station in new race row
The BBC's Asian Network is at the centre of a race row after Sikhs accused the digital radio station of being insensitive towards their religion.

Crime & Justice

Barristers’ fees slashed in Government squeeze on legal aid bill
Defence barristers face swingeing cuts of up to 25 per cent in their fees under government moves to freeze the £2 billion annual legal aid bill. Payments for some expert witnesses giving their opinions in cases will also fall by up to 20 per cent in an attempt to reduce a £192 million-a-year bill.

Economy & Politics

Comment: These men-in-white tarnish easily
I'd love to support Martin Bell and Terry Waite's independent guerrillas, but their wafflesome agenda makes it impossible.

Education & Culture

Artificial life is only months away, says biologist Craig Venter
Artificial life will be created within four months, a controversial scientist has predicted. Craig Venter, who led a private project to sequence the human genome, told The Times that his team had cleared a critical hurdle to creating man-made organisms in a laboratory.

Life & Death

Loophole may help Danny Fitzsimons to escape the death penalty
The lawyers representing Danny Fitzsimons, the British security guard accused of killing two of his colleagues in Baghdad, have discovered a legal loophole allowing him to stand trial in Britain rather than Iraq, where he faces the death penalty.

Race & Identity

Court gives 'light sentence' to racist who hounded girl
A teenager whose four-month racist campaign led a younger schoolgirl to try to kill herself was sentenced to six months supervision today.

Ecology & Environment

Comment: “‘Save the planet’ sounds a lovely idea but . . .”
. . . if we try to deal with climate change by turning our backs on economic growth, the poor will pay the heaviest price.

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