Saturday, June 24, 2006 | Broadcast | 'Media more influential than MPs' | Broadcast | 'Media more influential than MPs': "
'Media more influential than MPs'

Julia Day
Friday June 23, 2006

Most voters believe that the media have more influence over the government than its own MPs, a new poll showed today.

A Populus survey for BBC2's The Daily Politics show found more than six out of 10 (61%) voters thought newspapers held more sway than politicians. A third disagreed with the assessment.

The survey results come after a police chief accused Downing Street of making up policies on the hoof because of the News of the World's agenda on issues such as paedophilia.

Terry Grange, the chief constable of Dyfed and Powys, said fawning to tabloid agendas went across policy making in the Home Office. He reeled off a list of areas where he believes No 10 and ministers are responding to the campaigns and opinions of the press to make statements and form policy.

The treatment of foreign criminals, home-grown violent offenders and paedophiles are all subjects he believes have been hijacked by tabloid newspapers, which have used their muscle to help form policy."

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

BBC SPORT | SPORTS TALK | Does witchcraft have a place in football?

BBC SPORT | SPORTS TALK | Does witchcraft have a place in football?: "Does witchcraft have a place in football?

The Ivorian Government has settled a 10-year dispute with disgruntled witch doctors who claim to have had a hand in the country's African Nations Cup triumph.
Is it all just mumbo jumbo or serious stuff?
Should the practice be allowed?

The witch doctors, from a suburb of the capital, Abidjan, were apparently hired by the sports minister before the 1992 Nations Cup final against Ghana.
The Elephants won the trophy after beating the Black Stars in a dramatic penalty shootout in Dakar, Senegal.
The belief in the use of charms and incantations is not exclusive to the West African country. "

Friday, January 27, 2006 | Broadcast | Police press office accused of story bias | Broadcast | Police press office accused of story bias: "Met press office accused of story bias

Stephen Brook and Claire Cozens
Friday January 27, 2006

Metropolitan Police commissioner Sir Ian Blair's own Scotland Yard press office has been accused of selectively pushing certain murder cases to the media by a radio news editor today.

The Met press office talked up certain murder cases to the media, particularly that of the Chelsea banker, John Monckton, the editorial director of LBC News said.

Jonathan Richards added that Sir Ian was correct that the media was 'institutionally racist' in its reporting of murders, but added that the Scotland Yard press bureau was 'very proactive' about certain cases.

'Our experience is that the press bureau can be very selective in the stories that they push and I have known them to be very proactive over stories that they perceive to be of greater interest,' Richards said." | Media | Met chief labels media institutionally racist | Media | Met chief labels media institutionally racist: "Met chief labels media institutionally racist

· Coverage of recent killings 'points up divide'
· Allegations rejected by some editors

Owen Gibson and Vikram Dodd
Friday January 27, 2006
The Guardian

The Metropolitan police commissioner, Sir Ian Blair, yesterday accused the media of institutional racism, hitting out at newspapers for regularly relegating the murders of people from ethnic minorities to 'a paragraph on page 97'.

In a prolonged attack on the media's news values, he said the press was guilty of devoting more column inches to the death of white, middle-class victims than those from ethnic minorities.

'We do devote the same level of resources to murders in relation to their difficulty,' said Sir Ian, speaking at a monthly meeting of the Metropolitan police authority. 'What the difference is, is how these are reported. I actually believe the media is guilty of institutional racism in the way they report deaths.'

Sir Ian also picked out the Soham murders, when the killing of Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman dominated the news agenda in August 2002, as an example of the way the media latch on to some murders and not others. 'If you look at the murders in Soham, almost nobody can understand why that dreadful story became the biggest story in B"

Telegraph | News | Met chief: Why the fuss over Soham murders?

Telegraph | News | Met chief: Why the fuss over Soham murders?: "Met chief: Why the fuss over Soham murders?
By John Steele, Crime Correspondent
(Filed: 27/01/2006)

Sir Ian Blair, the country's most senior policeman, said yesterday that 'almost nobody' could understand why the murder of two girls in Soham became the 'biggest story in Britain'.

The Metropolitan Police commissioner cited the case of 10-year-old Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman during an attack on the media for 'institutional racism' in its attitude to reporting deaths.

Sir Ian Blair
Sir Ian Blair, commissioner of the Metropolitan Police

He suggested that murders in ethnic communities appeared not to interest them, adding: 'If you look at the murders in Soham, almost nobody can understand why that dreadful story became the biggest story in Britain.'"

Friday, January 20, 2006

BBC NEWS | Politics | Teaching ban applies to teenagers

BBC NEWS | Politics | Teaching ban applies to teenagers: "Teaching ban applies to teenagers

Ruth Kelly
Ms Kelly said there should be no 'witchhunts' against teachers

Kelly's statement
Teenage boys who are cautioned for having sex with underage girls will be banned from a career in schools under rules announced by Ruth Kelly.

The Education Secretary said the rules will prevent anyone convicted or cautioned for a sex offence against a child from being employed in schools.

It followed revelations that ministers had cleared sex offenders to teach.

Education minister Lord Adonis said the ban would include those cautioned or convicted, even if they were teenagers.

Some 88 sex offenders have been permitted to work in schools since 1997 but ministers say they have confidence in the system.

'No witch-hunts'

As well as the ban, an independent panel will also take over ministers' role of deciding who can work with children.

School ban for all people cautioned or convicted of child sex offences
Single banning list for people working with children
Central unit to assess cases, not ministers
Compulsory criminal Records Bureau checks for new school staff and supply teachers used by agencies
School ban for those who commit 'serious' sexual offences against adults
Panel to review past cases of 'partial' restrictions placed on staff


Monday, January 16, 2006

BBC NEWS | Have Your Say: What should be done to prevent sex ...

Guardian Unlimited Money | Work | Dead set on becoming a forensic scientist?

Guardian Unlimited Money | Work | Dead set on becoming a forensic scientist?: "Dead set on becoming a forensic scientist?

It's nothing like the TV shows, but it can be a hugely rewarding career says Nic Paton

Saturday April 23, 2005
The Guardian

It was a controversial ruling, but the decision by the Court of Appeal in May 2002 to uphold the conviction of James Hanratty was a particularly rewarding one for forensic scientist Dr Jonathan Whitaker.
Dr Whitaker, 42, has been a senior government forensic scientist for the past 15 years. His pioneering work on DNA profiling was crucial in showing that Hanratty, despite years of campaigning by his family and the Guardian's Paul Foot, had indeed been guilty of the 1962 rape and attempted murder of Valerie Storie, a crime for which he was later hanged."

The Badger Herald - University of Wisconsin-Madison

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by Emily Bourne
Friday, December 3, 2004
The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is developing a new forensic science program, and according to Peter Killoran, a sociology professor and the first faculty member hired for the program at the college, the program is growing quickly.
�We have been able to fill two sections this semester and we are developing three or four classes in different departments,� Killoran said. �Right now we have about 60 students and we expect that to grow.�"

CNS: April 19, 2004: 'CSI' fever: Students flock to forensics courses

CNS: April 19, 2004: 'CSI' fever: Students flock to forensics courses: "'CSI' fever: Students flock to forensics courses
By Gillian Wee

PHOTO: Marianne Reid
Don Deller, 43, a graduate student at Pace University, analyzes blood under a magnifying glass. Deller is working on a master's degree in forensic science. (Marianne Reid/CNS)
When Spencer Stiles identified a corpse by its teeth, his dream had come true. The 21-year-old aspiring scientific sleuth worked on a plane crash scene as part of a summer internship with a forensic dentist in Morgantown, W.Va.
As a teenager in the nearby town of Wana, Stiles wanted nothing more than to join the FBI, so he enrolled in forensic science at West Virginia University. His enthusiasm grew as he watched TV programs like 'CSI' and 'Forensic Files.'
'I was always interested in criminal investigations and finding evidence,' Stiles said. 'You get to bring closure to a family. If a person goes unidentified, their teeth would be the only way to identify him.' It looks like he'll get his chance. After garnering straight A's, he is graduating and heading to dental school this fall to study forensic dentistry.
Stiles is one of thousands of students flocking to forensic science courses at universities across the country. He and many others said they were lured to the profession in part by the explosion of TV shows that have glamorized the role of technological crime fighters. Enrollment in undergraduate and graduate courses has soared, and new schools have been started and others expanded to accommodate the demand."

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

NewsWatch | Notes | When murder makes the news

Saturday, July 23, 2005

Guardian Unlimited Politics | Special Reports | Religious hate crimes rise fivefold