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Bhopal update - 12-12-11

Released on 2012-02-27 00:00 GMT

Email-ID 404322
Date 2011-12-12 17:41:32
Scot, Tomm,

Since email capability has been limited the past few days, here is a recap
of the weekend media and monitoring results, plus today's new media.

12/11 AP reported Lord Coe's said in Beijing LOCOG is "comfortable" with
Dow as the Olympic stadium wrap sponsor and the Bhopal gas tragedy is a
separate issue. The report had approx. 250 pickups, largely in US media,
although the Canadian Press Association did pick it up. These include New
York Times, Washington Post, Washington Examiner, Washington Times, Boston
Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Examiner, Denver Post, Miami
Herald, Seattle Times, Bloomberg Business Week, Yahoo! News, FOX News &
Business, Sports Illustrated, ESPN, Detroit Free Press and at least two
Michigan television outlets - WNEM TV 5 Saginaw and WILX TV Lansing.

- Asian Age published the AP article on p10 of Monday's New Delhi
edition, in the middle of the International page.

12/12 BBC posted a nearly identical report on Coe's statement. The UK
Press Association and some Australian media also reported the story.

12/11 PTI and UK Morning Star posted articles on Coe's comment, each with
much the same content as the AP article. Few pickups of the PTI piece so


12/11 The UK Guardian reported on Coe's visit to Beijing and ended with
four paragraphs on the controversy over Dow's sponsorship. Sports writer
Owen Gibson framed that part of the article on budgetary issues for LOCOG.
On the Dow sponsorship, Gibson noted it would be an agenda item on the
IOA's upcoming meeting.

12/12 PTI reported IOA secretary general Randhir Singh said the question
of how to "put forth the sentiments of the people of India against Dow
Chemical" will be decided by the IOA General Body at its meeting on
Thursday. He affirmed India will not boycott the games but the IOA may
write to the IOC.

When asked about Coe's statement from Beijing of commitment to Dow's
sponsorship, Singh said he would not comment.

"Asked about IOC chief Jacques Rogge's comments that India should talk to
the athletes first before thinking of boycotting the Olympics, Randhir
said, `Gagan Narang has expressed his view and we are talking to the

12/12 NDTV reported Satinath Sarangi made a statement today in response to
Coe's comment in Beijing, and reiterated the gas victims' call for India
to boycott the games. He called Coe "a mouthpiece for Dow."

12/12 IBNLive posted a 1:49 min video report on the LOCOG and ICJB
statements, with comment via telephone from Sarangi, who said the gas NGOs
will meet with the IOA and say, "get a spine" and stand up to LOCOG and
IOC. He said Coe has never asked the gas victims why Dow is still dealing
with Bhopal-related issues in India.

12/10 Times of India reported GoI Sports minister Ajay Maken was asked
about the Dow sponsorship and replied the IOA has been asked to "stake a
strong decision on it." He also said it was not up to him to protest.

- This appeared in the sport sections of Hindustan Times and DNA print
editions on Saturday. The articles were short and positioned below the

12/12 PTI reported BJP MP Maya Singh brought up in India's Rajya Sabha the
question of Dow's Olympic sponsorship and asked her fellow legislators to
join her in calling for India to boycott the Games over the sponsorship.

12/12 London business media City AM reported the Dow sponsorship issue is
currently "leading Olympic buzz." The analysis came from BT, "the official
communications services provider" for the Games.

12/10 Ted Jeory reported in Express on Sunday that MP Barry Gardiner is
claiming LOCOG "misled" MPs "over the savings to be made from the [stadium
wrap] sponsorship contract" and "the entire procurement process is a
sham." Gardiner is reported to be writing to Culture, Media and Sports
committee chair John Whittingdale about his concerns. The article claimed
the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) said in October 2010 eliminating the
wrap would save 7 million pounds, when a vendor had bid the work at about
1.5 million GBP. "The suspicion is that Dow...was always the favorite.'

12/11 ANI picked up Ted Jeory's Express on Sunday article about Barry
Gardiner casting doubt on LOCOG's procurement process and whether Dow was
"always the favourite" for the wrap sponsorship. Half a dozen pickups, DNA
the only major media.

12/10 Times of India also reported from Nagpur the stay on transporting
waste material from the former UCILI factory site has been extended to
Dec. 19. The stay was extended on a GoI request for more time to file a
reply to the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board's objections to filing a
no-objection certificate on the waste material transportation.

12/10 IBNS posted a new ICJB press statement announcing the gas NGOs
marked International Human Rights Day with a march to the MP governor's
house and presented a memo with six demands relative to the human rights
of the gas victims. Full text of the press statement, the letter to the
governor, and the list of demands are attached.

12/11 IANS reported a Madhya Pradesh government website for the Bhopal gas
tragedy relief and rehabilitation department "shows old figures" regarding
the compensation paid to gas victims. The article noted the gas NGOs
demands for "correct" figures to be used for compensation calculation.
Sadhna Karnik of the Bhopal Gas Peedith Sangharsh Sahyog Samiti said the
website content is indicative of "the duel standards of the government"
and criticized both the Congress and BJP parties for "playing with the
emotions of the Bhopal tragedy survivors."

About 15 pickups seen, including Hindustan Times, Economic Times, and Indian Gazette.

12/11 Guardian/Observer websites in the UK reported architectural (or
maybe just art) critic Rowan Moore included the decorative wrap of the
Olympic stadium on a list of the worst architectural ideas of 2011. He
called the wrap "pointless [and] supplied courtesy of the
Bhopal-implicated Dow Chemical Company."

On the activist side,

12/11 Rachna Dhingra emailed the ICJB press statement about their Human
Rights Day observances and included a link to a song written to describe
the "human rights violations" visited upon the protesters at the rail roko
demonstration. The post on YouTube is nearly 10 minutes long and is
accompanied by a repetitive slide show of images from the rail roko and
other commonly used photos from Bhopal.

12/11 Farah Edwards Khan has made quite the push on Twitter to promote
Lorraine Close's petition to Lord Coe, which currently has about 10,500
signatures. "Fareeta" tweeted about the petition to at least 30 Twitter
users including Jane Fonda, Gloria Steinam and Naomi Klein.

She also tweeted on Friday "all very quiet on the Dow stadium wrap. is
this the calm before the storm."

Ann Sigsby

Senior Analyst

Allis Information Management


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