Newspaper review: Press report on radical Islam concerns


The newspapers report on the moves to tackle radical Islam following Drummer Lee Rigby's murder in south-east London on Wednesday.

The Guardian says British universities are to launch a new drive to protect impressionable students from extremist Islamic preachers in the wake of the murder in Woolwich on Wednesday.

It says the government is reluctant to pass new legislation, but that ministers recognise more has to be done.

The Independent says imams are warning of a backlash against Muslims, after a sharp jump in hate crimes over the past two days.

The Daily Telegraph says previous attempts to tackle radicalisation on campus have had little impact, because authorities are divided over whether to clamp down on radicals, or encourage students to explore all points of view.

The Daily Mail leads on calls for websites such as Google and Yahoo to block extremist websites. It says MPs are demanding action to deal with thousands of radical videos which can easily be accessed online.

BBC criticised

The Times publishes pictures of Lee Rigby in action on the front line in Afghanistan with the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers.

Its reporters were there when he conducted his first patrol in 2009, and its photographer picked out what he calls a "nervous" machine gunner, "red-faced with exhaustion".

The BBC is under fire in several papers after it decided to write off nearly £100m spent on a digital project which never came to fruition.

The Daily Mail says the announcement was "humiliating" and "embarrassing".

The Daily Mirror calls it "another disaster for the BBC".

The Telegraph suggests the repetitive storyline of waste and failure is exasperating, and is simply "not good enough". The paper says it hopes Tony Hall's decisive action in scrapping the project means the lessons of the costly fiasco will be heeded.

Sally Bercow's decision to end a tweet about Lord McAlpine last year with the words "innocent face" comes back to haunt her this morning.

After a judge ruled that the tweet was libellous - leaving the House of Commons Speaker's wife liable for thousands of pounds in costs - the headlines include "guilty face" in the Mirror and "sheepish face" in the Independent.

German 'invasion'

The Telegraph claims the Conservative party has suffered a blow with the defection to UKIP of a leading figure in the City of London.

It says one of the square mile's best known fund managers Andy Brough, has joined the party after becoming disenchanted with the Tories under David Cameron's leadership.

The former Labour chancellor, Alistair Darling, has been speaking to the Financial Times, claiming Scottish businesses are being bullied by "shadowy nationalist forces" ahead of next year's referendum on independence.

What other way to herald the arrival of the Germans in the UK than to lay out the beach towels? Two German sides will play at Wembley tonight in the Champions League final, and the Sun has put out its giant towel by the stadium, while the Guardian pictures two deckchairs draped with towels of, respectively, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund.

The Independent calls it "the biggest German invasion since the fifth century".

The Times describes that invasion as "benign and profoundly welcome" - not just because German fans clean up their own rubbish at matches, but because this is a reminder of strong and close Anglo-German relations.

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