Newspaper review: Dhaka rescue drama examined


Many of Saturday's front pages use dramatic photographs of the rescue of a survivor in Bangladesh, 17 days after the collapse of a clothing factory.

The woman, Reshma Begum, is shown being carried on a stretcher from the rubble with the Daily Telegraph calling it the "Miracle of Dhaka".

The Independent and Daily Mirror highlight Ms Begum's comment to local television: "I never dreamed I'd see the daylight again".

An editorial in the Times says textile workers in Bangladesh deserve better protection from their employers.

'Ridiculous affair'

Some scepticism greets Abu Qatada's offer to abandon his fight against deportation and return voluntarily to Jordan.

A Times cartoon, called "Don't Hold Your Breath", has the radical cleric declaring "I'll go..." and then staying put so long that a bird has time to build a nest in his lengthening beard.

The Sun says it is a ridiculous state of affairs that the only way to get rid of him is when he volunteers to go.

The Daily Mirror, though, calls it a victory for Britain's respect for human rights. In its words, hotheads who called for Abu Qatada to be shackled and thrown unlawfully on a flight look sillier than ever.

Horsemeat concerns

Evidence heard at a libel trial during the week gives the Times its lead.

Three Metropolitan Police officers have accused some of their colleagues of leaking evidence to alleged criminals, enabling a criminal network to operate in London for two decades.

The Guardian returns to the horsemeat scandal, almost four months after it was exposed by the authorities in the Irish Republic.

The paper says there is a growing concern in the UK about the conduct of the Irish investigation into the country's beef industry, and a fear that the culprits will not face justice.

Meanwhile, according to the Daily Mail, "deadly drugs" are being offered for sale by by independent traders through the website Amazon.

The substances, known as legal highs, are sold as herbal tea or incense, the newspaper says. Amazon says it acts quickly to remove any items that break its guidelines.

The Guardian, among others, reports that the Co-op Bank is trying to reassure customers that it will not need a bailout after its debt was downgraded to junk status and its chief executive suddenly quit.

The Independent calls it a bank in crisis, although it also reassures customers that their cash is safe and there is no reason to worry.

The Sun calls it the Co-Flop.... but it, too, agrees that the bank is not another Northern Rock.

And staying with money matters, the Daily Express highlights a government crackdown on high pension charges. The move comes as millions of people start to be automatically enrolled in company schemes.

Frozen out?

The Independent claims the government is facing what it calls an exodus of global warming experts because of frustration at the Treasury's opposition to subsidies for renewable energy projects.

It reports that three senior officials have either left or been moved from their jobs. Quoting unnamed Whitehall sources, the paper says the prime minister is increasingly surrounding himself with climate change sceptics.

The Daily Telegraph's main story also concerns the make-up of David Cameron's team and claims that a black, working-class adviser was "frozen out" by Number 10.

But Shaun Bailey took to Twitter last night to insist that he had been treated well by the prime minister's office and was now "very happy" to be working on community and youth issues for the Cabinet Office.

Without naming any names, the Daily Mirror claims that five more celebrities are being investigated by Operation Yewtree, the police inquiry set up in response to the Jimmy Savile sex abuse scandal.

The paper says that two pop stars, a comedian, an actor and a television presenter are facing allegations.

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