Vatican Radio criticises ABC homemade bombs report
Vatican Radio has commented on a feature broadcast on Monday night's ABC TV 7:30 Report that demonstrated how easy it can be to make a bomb.
The report said that common agricultural or garden fertiliser, available over the counter, is one of the basic ingredients used in making a bomb. It indicated that instructions are available on the Internet. The program then showed how a bomb is made before depicting the test explosion of the bomb in a car under the supervision of experts.
The ABC had resisted calls from Government and community groups not to show the report.
Vatican Radio said the fact that bomb-making instructions are available on the Web is "old news", suggesting that the ABC was irresponsible in enticing new generations of potential terrorists to try their hand at bomb-making.
It said: "Television, substantially stupid [and] led by obtuse market criteria, rules over all and even imposes itself on states' democratic powers."
Bomb making goes under the spotlight (ABC TV 7:30 Report 25/8/03)
ABC under fire for DIY bomb making story (26/8/03)
Attorney-General says bomb broadcast could encourage copycats (ABC Radio AM 26/8/03)
Build-a-Bali-bomb doco may screen tonight (Sydney Morning Herald 25/8/03)
How to make a bomb (Google search result)
28 Aug 2003