Friday, December 03, 2004

BBC got hosed


Dec 3, 2004 — LONDON (Reuters) - BBC World said on Friday that an interview it ran with a man it identified as a spokesman for Dow Chemical Co, in which he said the U.S. company accepted responsibility for India's Bhopal disaster, was wrong and part of an "elaborate deception."

A spokeswoman for Dow Chemical in Switzerland also confirmed that the report was wrong.

The BBC had earlier twice run an interview with a man it identified as Dow Chemical spokesman Jude Finisterra, who said the company accepted full responsibility for the disaster 20 years ago in the central Indian city of Bhopal.

This would have represented a major policy reversal for Dow Chemical which has said it has no responsibility for the Bhopal disaster.


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