Vatican Radio Assails TV Program on Homemade Bombs

SYDNEY, Australia, AUG. 26, 2003 ( Vatican Radio criticized a documentary on Australian national television that showed, step by step, how to make a bomb with information from the Internet.

Once the bomb was ready, the program’s producers had it explode in a car, with the help of experts.

Vatican Radio said the purpose of the ABC program was to show the ease with which delinquents can make use of the Internet. But the Vatican broadcaster asked: “Why report old news again with the real risk of promoting new addicts of homemade crime?”

The ABC show met with loud protests in Australia. Minister for Justice Daryl Williams assailed the documentary and said that ABC ignored the requests of four state governments not to air the program.

“Television, substantially stupid [and] led by obtuse market criteria, rules over all and even imposes itself on states’ democratic powers,” Vatican Radio concluded.