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Bhopal update - 11-15-11 media

Released on 2012-02-27 00:00 GMT

Email-ID 403637
Date 2011-11-15 16:14:31
Scot, Tomm,

The UK Independent published a second article about drug trials in India,
this one specific to the BMHRC. Writer Nina Lakhani said the information
sources were "secret reports" showing "drug trials funded by western
pharmaceutical firms at the Indian hospital set up for survivors of the
Bhopal disaster violated international ethical standards and could have
put patients at risk."

The reports cited are likely documents accessed by ICJB leader Rachna
Dhingra via RTI requests that have been reported here previously.

Dow is not mentioned, the article focuses on pharmaceutical companies
including Theravance, Pfizer, GSK and Sanofi, and the drug trial practices
at the hospital. Dhingra termed the conduct of the trials "disgusting and
appalling," and the Bhopal gas survivors who were subjected to the trials
"doubly victimized." A case study of Ramadhar Shrivastave is included; he
is the same patient highlighted in recent media items about the drug trial

- Daily News & Analysis published a commentary on Monday's broader
Independent report on drug trials in India. Full text available on

Olympics media and Siaset published an article by Indian Muslim reporter Pervez
Bari, who folded together several topics regarding Bhopal.

He started with the information from the Bhopal and Chennai press
conferences, listed the 21 former Olympians who signed the ICJB petition,
and the text of the ICJB . He included expanded comments from Dhingra,
regarding the UK MPs actions based on "initiative of the BGIA" (Bhopal
Group for Information and Action).

After the several comments from Monday's ICJB press statement and one from
Sarangi, Bari revisited the activist allegations regarding Dow, its
relationship to and responsibilities for UCC, the polluter pays principle,
UCC's lease obligation to return the factory site to the MP govt "in its
original condition," the GoI court petition for Dow to fund the site
remediation, and the activist claim of double standards and racist
policies regarding UCC business in the US and India.

Four print editions of Indian papers had short articles, mainly sourced
from PTI, on Monday's press conferences, all located in the Sports
sections and positioned below the fold:

Hindustan Times' New Delhi and Chandigarh editions, Asian Age New Delhi
edition, and the Pioneer New Delhi edition. The Pioneer version can be
read online:

ANI issued wire and video reports on Monday's press conferences, which
appeared on a handful of India media websites. The two reports are much
the same. Two former Olympic hockey players interviewed, their comments in
Hindi on the video are subtitled in English. Comments include that if Dow
has enough money for Olympic sponsorships, they should compensate the
Bhopal gas victims. A photo of Warren Anderson and others from the 1984
gas accident are shown at the end over audio stating Dow purchased UCC in

The statements from the two men were included in the ANI print report.



UK communist media Morning Star included the Indian Olympians petition
information in a report on Olympics security concerns.

Ann Sigsby

Senior Analyst

Allis Information Management


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