Tuesday, October 13, 2009

#Trafigura: What The Guardian Aren't Allowed To Tell You

I have something else to blog about later today, but first you may or may not have heard that the Guardian have been gagged from reporting on Parliament.  I just this minute heard about it on Twitter.

Curious, because the original question posed, which the Guardian is not allowed to report on, is freely available and it was never going to be any shortage of bloggers willing to take the time to find it.

The Third Estate was one of an early few to find it was about Trafigura dumping toxic waste off the coast of Sierra Leone.

Hopefully this ridiculous use of the libel laws will backfire horribly on them.

Edit: Carter-Ruck have now backed down, as it did indeed backfire quite spectacularly.

This has also made me think of an excellent programme on Radio 4 yesterday (unemployment has its perks) about how politics has changed since the Brighton bomb.  Towards the end of the programme discussion turned to the increased security around Parliament, and how most MPs don't like it because it discourages people from participating in the political process.

Brighton: The Bomb That Changed Politics

2 comments:

  1. 38 Degrees are currently running a campaign on this. Take action now by emailing your MP and asking them to take a stand. Take action now, it only takes 2 mins. Go to:

    38degrees.org.uk/stop-the-gag

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