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Bhopal update - 08-09-11 Media #2

Released on 2012-02-27 00:00 GMT

Email-ID 391809
Date 2011-08-09 17:49:35
Scot, Tomm,

UK media coverage of the Olympics stadium issue:

- The Daily Telegraph quoted "Laurie Flynn, chairman of the trustees
of the Bhopal Medical Appeal" as being "appalled" at the Dow sponsorship,
and called for the "Olympic Movement" to reconsider the stadium wrap deal.
Flynn said there are "court cases involving Dow outstanding in India and
the United States, and that `many hundreds of people' had been
contaminated in the years since the disaster."

Dow's position on Bhopal is not given, but the London Olympic Committee
statement about Dow, Bhopal and the sponsorship is.

There was one brief comment about the Olympics being all about "hard
cash"; the article has been shared about 35 times.

- A second Telegraph article reported on the current rioting in
London taking place at the same time 200 Olympic delegates were arriving
in the city. One version of this article tied Flynnn's comments about Dow
and Bhopal at the end. Full text available on request.

- The Times reported "Olympic curtain deal is 'dancing on graves of
Bhopal' with much the same content as the BBC's article, although
Sarangi's quotes are paraphrased. Sports Minister Hugh Robertson said
since the IOC had signed the ten-year sponsorship with Dow, "there was no
reason we should not follow them." Dow's position on the Bhopal issue ends
the piece. Full text available on request; online access appears to
require paid subscription.

India media:

- PTI reported the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) expressed
"concern" over the Dow sponsorship and Bhopal issue. The group's acting
president, VK Malhotra said the GoI "should look into it." This piece was
picked up multiple times in India media, with print appearances in The
Mint (p9, in "need to know" briefs) and Daily Pioneer's New Delhi edition
(p16, sports section, bottom).

- A post of the 8/8 PTI story on the wrap sponsorship received
several reader comments, including "Killed those DOW Chemical b'tards
there itself."

(Daily Pioneer's print edition paired the two PTI stories on p16 at the

- Hindustan Times' sports sections include a commentary by writer B
Shrikant, who pointed out Malhotra "forgets that his organization receives
money from [Dow] via IOC." Shirkant added "IOC's deal with Dow Chemicals
is already a year old and can't be terminated now because of Malhotra's
"grave concerns."

This appeared in the Mumbai (p 18) and New Delhi (p 21) editions.

- Asian Age's New Delhi print edition included a short item titled
"British Olympics organisers play down Dow issue." The three paragraph
article consists of one saying the LOC "tried to play down the
controversy" over Dow's sponsorship, the second relates briefly Dow's
purchase of UCC, and the third lists the several corporate Olympic
partners. Full text available on request. The positioning is p8 on the
left side, just above the fold.

- IANS reported on the activist intent to hold "a parallel Olympics
in London," quoting BMA trustee Tim Edwards, who is currently in Bhopal.
He added, "Bhopal is not the only place where Dow or Union Carbide has
killed thousands of people from their poisonous units. They did it in
Costa Rica, Indonesia and Vietnam too. So all the people and the children
who became disabled will participate in this special Olympics." This
article also included comments from Sarangi, Abdul Jabbar and Farha
Edwards (Tim's wife).

- IANS, Daily Pioneer and Daily News & Analysis also reported on the
ICJB's support of Anna Hazare's anti-corruption campaign and their press
release about the drugs supplied for gas victims. DNA's Indore print
edition placed the report at the top center of p5.

Ann Sigsby

Senior Analyst

Allis Information Management


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