In March 2010, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) released their report on 'Trends in International Arms Transfers, 2009' (SIPRI Report 2009) and news organisations looked at the report and duly cited a few of the 'juicy numbers' in the report without thinking. Apparently, if you actually examine the data more closely, you will find that, in some cases, the conclusions that the news organisations drew from the report are without basis. There are lies, dammed lies and statistics. The selective presentation of data from a limited data set from a specific time period is misleading. Let's start with the BBC's article on the SIPRI Report 2009 and quoted below: AFP also reports on SIPRI Report 2009 and again uncritically regurgitates the same misleading data in their report, which is quoted below: I'll explain why BBC and AFP should be ashamed of their sloppy work by citing another news report on the same in the next post.