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[ Presenting plain-text part of multi-format email ] ***Having read the BBC's blurb for tonight's Correspondent programme (http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/audiovideo/programmes/correspondent/newsid_2053000/2053620.stm I have sent the following e-mail to the programme's e-mail address (email@example.com).*** In your website blurb for John Sweeney's 'Correspondent' programme, you pose the question, 'Why is Saddam controlling the supply of desperately-needed medicines?' Considering that the UN Humanitarian Co-ordinator for Iraq, Tun Myat, has described Iraq's food distribution system as "second to none" (October 2000); further, that on 1st March 2000 his predecessor, Hans von Sponeck had stated that the distribution of supplies coming into Iraq was "totally satisfactory" with 91.7 % of supplies distributed; further, that for medical supplies the figure was lower (72%) "[reflecting] World Health Organisation recommended stockpiling practices" and the time needed for quality control, I was left wondering why you had chosen to present as fact what was essentially a partisan claim. I wonder if you would be able to provide me with any answer as to why, as journalists, you prefer to put forward the 'official line' rather than investigate the real story behind the news? As a licence payer, and therefore as somebody who contributes to your salaries, I very much look forward to reading your reply. With best wishes Diarmuid Fogarty _______________________________________________ Sent via the discussion list of the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. To unsubscribe, visit http://lists.casi.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/casi-discuss To contact the list manager, email firstname.lastname@example.org All postings are archived on CASI's website: http://www.casi.org.uk