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LETTER: State execution's vile details deserve airing

AMANDA Thompson says she supports Amnesty International but her attitude is as if, on hearing the noise of a crucifixion going on outside, she would draw the curtains and turn up the television to avoid being involved; she herself admits that she equates "the contents of the article [on methods of execution] with that of a horror film and not suitable for family reading ..." What a pity that the present realities of Bosnia and Chechnya cannot provide her with carefree entertainment. Her view of the press as "casual Sunday reading" is something of a cruel devaluation of the progress you have made towards being a great and compassionate newspaper in such a short time.

Edward Turnbull

Gosforth, Northumberland