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Bhopal update - 08-08-11 media

Released on 2012-02-27 00:00 GMT

Email-ID 409205
Date 2011-08-08 17:53:50
Scot, Tomm,

Coverage of the activist displeasure over the Olympic stadium wrap is
mainly in India at this point in time.

Chemical Week, however, published an article by Alex Scott that is more
critical of the wrap's sustainability than the Bhopal issue. Scott
referred to the Express Sunday article "Olympic Stadium `is Stained by the
Blood of Bhopal" and wrote, "Dow purchased Union Carbide several years ago
and with it the burden of any outstanding blame for the accident." He
also said, "Some environmental experts I have talked to are not
particularly impressed by the Wrap material, however"; but he did not cite
anyone in particular. Scott is CW's Executive Editor, Web and Environment.

PTI reported they received a statement from the London Olympic Committee
defending the Dow sponsorship, saying ""It is a matter of record that the
plant at the time of this human tragedy was not owned by Dow Chemical. Dow
was appointed as the supplier of the wrap following a rigorous procurement
process. All of our suppliers must work within our own sustainable
sourcing code and reflect our values and sustainability requirements."

The report combined the LOC statement; Dow's press information on the
wrap; Rachna Dhingra's comment on the "message to Seb Coe" and Dow's "PR
machine working for them day and night; Greenpeace's characterization of
the sponsorship as "offensive"; and BMA activist Lorrain Close's comment
regarding "abuse and neglect" of "some of the poorest people, while being
positively reinforced by Olympic organizers and the UK government."
Multiple pickups by online media.

Print edition coverage

- Hindustan Times' front pages of all four English language editions
today had the in-house report by Depankar De Sarkar. The Kolkata edition
had the article at as the lead story with the child's funeral image, while
New Delhi, Mumbai and Chandigarh editions placed the piece at the bottom
of the page with a photo of the Olympic stadium.

- HT's sports also had the hockey players' reactions condemning the
Olympics deal. New Delhi - p18 top, Kolkata - p16 top, Chandigarh - p13
bottom, Mumbai - p18 middle below the fold

- Times of India's Mumbai edition had an introduction to the
Olympics story on the bottom of the front page, the story on p22

- Economic Times had the ANI report on p4 in a "pitch report" column
and a "thumbs down" rating.

NewsXLive posted a 49-second video report on YouTube: a London anchor read
bullet points from activist statement over images from the 1984 gas leak:

"campaigners outraged"; "Children in the city [Bhopal] are still being
born maimed" and activists called for "widespread protest" and "Bhopal
Olympics." Only Greenpeace was specifically cited, with text shown from GP
spokesperson Arundhati Muthu. Fewer than a dozen views at 8 a.m.

IBNS reported the ICJB will be joining anti-corruption activist Anna
Hazare in agitations over the GoI's anti-corruption bill that they
"condemn." Protests over this are planned in Bhopal on Tuesday "at the
Union Carbide factory," and unspecified "solidarity action in Bhopal from
August 16." The ICJB is again raising the issue of "irregularities in the
purchase of medicine for gas victims." They had held a 19-day fast in
March 2007 over this, which resulted in several being charged with
attempted suicide, which have not been resolved. The survivors groups
claim the Ministry of Bhopal Gas Tragedy has "sabotaged" the Supreme
Court's Monitoring Committee that was supposed to have oversight.

AlterNet picked up the Al Jazeera report on pharmaceutical testing on poor
populations in India, including at the Bhopal Memorial Hospital and
Research Center.

Ann Sigsby

Senior Analyst

Allis Information Management


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