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Bhopal update - 12-14-11 IOA media PM

Released on 2012-02-27 00:00 GMT

Email-ID 404472
Date 2011-12-14 22:58:14
Scot, Tomm,

Wall Street Journal, BBC, Telegraph, Around The Rings, Morning Star and
Associated Press all issued reports on Malhotra's statement this morning
that IOA will call for Dow's Olympic sponsorship to be dropped.

WSJ reported on the impending IOA meeting, Malhotra's comment about a
"tainted company" being an "unacceptable" Olympic sponsor, and Dow's
position on the Bhopal issue.

BBC reported on the IOA's call for Dow's sponsorship to be dropped, but it
"stopped short of boycotting the Games, that LOCOG and Coe are
"comfortable" with the sponsorship and his statement to that end, the
effigy burning in Bhopal, and quoted Keith Wiggins as part of Dow's
position on the Bhopal issue.

Telegraph (UK) reporter Jacquelin Magnay wrote in the context of British
MPs and celebrities calling for LOCOG to withdraw Dow's sponsorship, and
supporting the campaign by signing the most active petition (although not
identified as Lorrain Close's effort). Malhotra's statement
from this morning is included, prefacing comments by Gardiner questioning
LOCOG's procurement process. The Sustainability Commission's findings
validating the process are also noted. The article ends with two lists of
names, about 20 celebrities and 28 politicians, who have signed on to
support the campaign against Dow.

Associated Press issued a short wire report that is very similar to the
initial PTI article this morning in quotes from Malhotra on the Olympic
ideals of "love, brotherhood and transparency." It briefly described the
Bhopal gas accident, Dow's position regarding it and Coe's support of Dow
as an Olympic sponsor. The piece ends by noting Gardiner indicated "the
Indian committee's opposition should lead organizers to rethink the
sponsorship plans."

True to form for an AP release, there have been about 100 pickups since
early afternoon, mainly in the US and including ABC News, CBS News,
Washington Post, Washington Examiner, Boston Globe, San Francisco
Chronicle, Seattle Times, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Minneapolis
Star-Tribune, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, CBS Marketwatch,, CNN,
Yahoo! News, Breitbart,, Huffington Post, and numerous broadcast
and regional media outlets.

Around the Rings reported from the AFP article, quoting Malhotra as
planning to "express our displeasure" to LOCOG and ask for Dow's
sponsorship to be dropped. Both Dow and the activist positions are stated
briefly. IOC secretary general Randhir Singh said the "sentiments of the
people...cannot be ignored." Sher Khan's call for boycotting the Games is
included, as is Malhotra's assurance of no boycott.

Morning Star, UK communist media, quoted from the initial PTI report and
titled it: "India asks London to throw out Dow." Malhotra's intent for the
IOA to coordinate with the GoI on the issue is included, as is Dow's
position on the Bhopal issue, and Coe's support of Dow as an Olympic
sponsor. The piece ends by noting Tessa Jowell's position that "Dow should
withdraw from sponsorship of the wrap."

The Guardian reported Barry Gardiner has written to Culture, Media and
Sport minister John Whittingdale calling for an "urgent inquiry" into the
stadium wrap procurement process. Gardiner contended "a simple Google
search would have revealed numerous other cases that showed that Dow could
only be a significant reputational risk to the London 2012 Games." The
article simply noted "demonstrations" against Dow's sponsorship have
occurred, and the IOA said it will ask LOCOG to drop Dow's sponsorship.

IANS issued a brief quote from Aslam Sher Khan from a telephone contact,
in which he sympathized with the Olympic athletes for wanting to make use
of their training investments, but "being a Bhopali," believed India
should not participate in an Olympics with Dow sponsorship. Very limited
pickup seen.

Other media today include:

- IBNS hosted an online chat with Satinath Sarangi and Rachna Dhingra on
the Dow sponsorship and "India's stance." The Dec. 12 discussion covered
about two dozen questions from participants. Sarangi and Dhingra's answers
are not surprising and do not reveal any new information.

- PTI and UNI reported on Nagpur MP Muttemwar's concern over the GoI plan
to dispose of the Bhopal factory waste at the DRDO facility, and that he
has written to PM Singh to "draw his attention towards the issue."



Ann Sigsby

Senior Analyst

Allis Information Management


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