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crackerjack
13-10-2009, 09:56 AM
Trafigura and their lawyers are keen no one should know about the allegations of their toxic dumping off the Ivory Coast, er, coast. They're so determined, they've even managed to bypass a 300-year-old law guaranteeing the right to report parliament and got an injunction banning the Guardian from mentioning a question to be asked in the HoCtoday.

Read about it here (http://www.spectator.co.uk/alexmassie/5417651/british-press-banned-from-reporting-parliament-seriously.thtml) and tell your friends not to talk about it.

scottdisco
13-10-2009, 11:18 AM
very good call Crackerjack.

so Trafigura are paying out (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/newsnight/8259482.stm) though denying liability, despite this (http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/sep/16/trafigura-african-pollution-disaster).

(incidentally, Lord Strathclyde has had to sever his association (http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2009/sep/17/lord-strathclyde-end-trafigura-links).)

there really are no words of condemnation strong enough, eh.

crackerjack
13-10-2009, 01:27 PM
Well that didn't take long... (http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2009/oct/13/guardian-gagged-parliamentary-question)

Web power ;)

IdleRich
13-10-2009, 02:32 PM
I guess it was kind of obvious what this concerned when they went out of their way to mention Carter-Fuck (copyright Private Eye) a week after reporting Carter-Ruck as Trafigura's lawyers last week. Funny what you can imply without really saying anything.

crackerjack
14-10-2009, 01:19 PM
Seems Simon Singh has won and Justice Eady has had his arse smacked. All in all, a couple of good days for press freedom.

IdleRich
14-10-2009, 01:21 PM
OK, a happy ending but, to paraphrase Hasil Adkins - what were they thinking?

crackerjack
14-10-2009, 01:26 PM
I don't know much about law, but it seems that 'they' is actually just Eady, who's been running a one-man campaign to prevent anyone ever saying anything nasty about anyone else.