De Beers Responds to 60

In a blistering letter to 60 Minutes producer Don Hewitt, De Beers corporate affairs director Rory More O'Ferrall charged that the program painted an "unfair and distorted" view of the company. "I was given personal assurances that the reporting would be 'fair and balanced,' " O'Ferrall wrote. "Unfortunately, this was not the case." Among O'Ferrall's beefs with the post-Valentine's Day story: "The program specifically highlighted an indictment in the U.S.—omitting to mention that the case against our alleged co-conspirator was dismissed for lack of evidence." Regarding conflict diamonds, the show didn't mention "the corrupt politicians, the arms deals, the struggle for control of other valuable mineral resources that help to fuel these conflicts. The harrowing images of devastating civil war in Sierra Leone were left to suggest that diamonds, of themselves, were entirely respon
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