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Newsnight Review - 1 June, 2007

  • Newsnight
  • 1 Jun 07, 07:33 PM

hirst2_203.gifIn a special extended interview, Kirsty Wark talks to Britain's most successful artist, Damien Hirst, about his passions and the most expensive artwork ever made.

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Friday, 1 June, 2007

  • Newsnight
  • 1 Jun 07, 04:27 PM

johnston_203.jpgFrom tonight's presenter, Kirsty Wark.


Today the world saw a video of the missing BBC journalist Alan Johnston - seen for the first time since his capture in Gaza more than two months ago.

In the video, released by the Palestinian jihadist group The Army of Islam, Alan Johnston said he was fit and well, and spoke about the "suffering" of the people in the Palestinian territories, Iraq and Afghanistan, before an unidentified man speaking in Arabic called for the release of "our prisoners".

So how much more do we now know about his captors and what their demands might be?


There has been strong reaction to the argument put forward today by a chief police officer in charge of child protection.

Jim Gamble, the Chief Executive of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection centre, said that not all paedophiles should necessarily be sent to prison and they should be offered treatment in the community.

He suggested offenders who have committed crimes such as viewing child pornography, rather than sexual assault, could be dealt with this way.

Mr Gamble described it as adopting a "much more intelligent posture" and "engaging with the predator".

Tonight a man convicted and imprisoned for downloading child pornography, and a campaigner who says people who view such material should face tougher sentences and mandatory therapy.


Tony Blair's Farewell World Tour hit South Africa today where he spoke to Thabo Mbeki about Zimbabwe, praising the South African president's efforts.

It was his big chance to lay it on the line over Robert Mugabe. So why didn't he?


Beckham's back to play in the first England international at the new Wembley stadium.

We'll review the big friendly with Brazil.

Have you served in Iraq?

  • Newsnight
  • 1 Jun 07, 02:12 PM

iraq_soldier2_203.jpgNext week on Newsnight we will be looking at the views of British soldiers on the situation in Iraq.

Are you a serving soldier there now, or involved in Telic 8 or 9?

Do you have a family member who is currently in Iraq? We'd like to hear your views on the continuing campaign in the south. Do you think British forces are doing good being there?

How would you describe morale? Do you want Gordon Brown as Prime Minister to change policy there?

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