Exclusive: Philip Morris Funded Anti-Smoking Foundation Targeting Public Health Leaders With Grants

New Delhi: I broke three stories relevant to the global health community, on the tobacco industry’s pursuit of public health leaders.

13 December 2017
“Exclusive: Philip Morris Funded Anti-Smoking Foundation Targeting Public Health Leaders With Grants”
https://thewire.in/204449/leaked-email-reveals-philip-morris-funded-anti-smoking-foundation-targeting-public-health-leaders-grants/

15 December 2017
“Public Health Leaders Ask to Be Removed From Mailing List of Foundation Offering Them Tobacco-Funded Grants”
https://thewire.in/205303/global-health-leaders-ask-to-be-removed-from-mailing-list-of-foundation-offering-them-tobacco-funded-grants/

24 December 2017
“Top Universities Reject Big Tobacco’s Research Funding While Harvard is ‘Discussing’ it”
https://thewire.in/207873/harvard-philip-morris-tobacco/

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How Mukul Rohatgi Set the Cat Among Pigeons on Privacy, and Now Says He Didn’t Intend To

New Delhi: In August, a historic nine-judge bench of the Supreme Court ruled that Indians had a fundamental right to privacy. The matter had been pending in court for two years. The person who told the court that privacy was not a right in India, is former Attorney General of India, Mukul Rohatgi. His statement also stopped 21 other cases which were challenging the Indian government’s implementation of the Aadhaar project.

In a long interview with him soon after he left office he said, “I did not mean that, that privacy is nothing.”

Story: “How Mukul Rohatgi Set the Cat Among Pigeons on Privacy, and Now Says He Didn’t Intend To”
https://thewire.in/176316/mukul-rohatgi-aadhaar-privacy-supreme-court/

Transcript: “Interview: Former AG Mukul Rohatgi Says He Never Intended to Contest India’s Right to Privacy”
https://thewire.in/176528/former-ag-mukul-rohatgi-india-right-to-privacy/

Gorakhpur: Adityanath Government Has 23 Reasons for 23 Deaths, But Lack of Oxygen Isn’t One of Them

New Delhi: I reported a series of stories on the tragedy in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh, where 23 infants died over one night in the BRD Medical College, allegedly from a lack of oxygen.

12 August 2017
“Gorakhpur: Seven Deaths a Day ‘Normal’, Says UP Government, Ignoring That There Were 23”
The UP government insists that the deaths are unrelated to any oxygen shortage, though they are yet to explain why 23 children died on August 10. https://thewire.in/167303/gorakhpur-30-deaths-oxygen-up/

14 August 2017
“Gorakhpur: Adityanath Government Has 23 Reasons for 23 Deaths, But Lack of Oxygen Isn’t One of Them”
With the government giving 23 natural reasons for the children’s deaths, the official line eliminates any human or institutional hand or negligence. https://thewire.in/167666/gorakhpur-deaths-adityanath-oxygen-23-causes/

15 August 2017
‘If Oxygen Was the Problem, Others Would Have Suffered as Well,’ Says Uttar Pradesh Health Minister
“One can keep blaming us for things but this is an exercise which has been neglected for the last 20 years in the state of UP, Bihar, Assam,” UP health minister Siddharth Nath Singh said.
https://thewire.in/168035/gorakhpur-oxygen-brd-medical-college-up-health-minister/