Bhopal: 15th in the top 25 most censored stories of 2011

Project Censored: Media Democracy in Action, a website teaching students and the public about the role of a free press in a free society – and to tell the News That Didn’t Make the News and Why.

The website has been compiling a top 25 of the most censored stories since 1976 (all available here), and this year, ‘Bhopal Water Still Toxic Twenty-five Years After Deadly Gas Leak’ ranked 15 out of the top 25 stories of 2011, pipped by number 11, ‘The H1N1 Swine Flu Pandemic: Manipulating Data to Enrich Drug Companies’. Different shenanigans, the usual suspects… pharmaceutical companies have literally been making a killing out of Bhopal survivors for 26 years now. Indiscriminate prescribing of ineffective, inappropriate and harmful drugs continues by doctors within the government-run medical institutions.

In at number 6: ‘Health Care Restrictions Cost Thousands of Lives in US’, another dismal twist on the business of healthcare but in at number 1 comes ‘Global Plans to Replace the Dollar’! Yes, really, check the site for yourself!

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We believe Dow must finally accept responsibility for Bhopal. Until then, The Bhopal Medical Appeal funds two award-winning clinics in the city. Both offer free, first-class care to victims of the gas disaster or the ongoing water contamination. The survivors have nowhere else left to turn – please help if you can.