Saturday, December 10, 2005

BBC changes its Tehran Pollution story

In a surprising move and without any explanation, BBC News has retracted its Saturday morning "Pollution in tehran kills 100" headline and its lead paragraph, revamping it to "Hundreds treated over Tehran smog":

BBC News - More than 1,600 people have been taken to hospitals in Tehran as pollution in the Iranian capital reaches critical levels, health officials have said

And here's how BBC opened the original story early yesterday morning:

BBC News - More than 100 people have died after pollution in Tehran reached critical levels, health officials said.

Hospitals have reported more than 1,000 cases of heart attacks and breathing problems, while many residents are complaining of fatigue and headaches...It is estimated that up to 5,000 people die every year from air pollution in the city.

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Seems to me the first report hasn't been correct after all.