• News Feeds
Page last updated at 08:28 GMT, Tuesday, 14 June 2011 09:28 UK

BBC programme 'glorified suicide'


Terry Pratchett presented a BBC programme last night following a man suffering from motor neurone disease in his quest for assisted suicide.

Christine Jackson, who suffers from terminal cancer, said she thought the programme was important in making sure the issues involved are being debated publicly.

"I would like to control how and when and particularly where I die," she said. "It saddens me that people have to go to such lengths to have a peaceful death."

But the Right Reverend Michael Nazir-Ali said it was a bias contribution to the debate which glorified suicide.

"It wasn't a peaceful death, it was a terrible death," he said.

Charlie Russell, the director of Terry Pratchett: Choosing To Die, blogs about the programme.

Get in touch with Today via email , Twitter or Facebook or text us on 84844.


Story Tools


Sign in

BBC navigation

Copyright © 2015 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific