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The Parliamentary Question Carter Ruck and Trafigura don’t want you to see

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Update 19/10/09 – London art gallery dumps toxic sponsorship deal with Trafigura!

From The Guardian

The Guardian has been prevented from reporting parliamentary proceedings on legal grounds which appear to call into question privileges guaranteeing free speech established under the 1688 Bill of Rights.

Today’s published Commons order papers contain a question to be answered by a minister later this week. The Guardian is prevented from identifying the MP who has asked the question, what the question is, which minister might answer it, or where the question is to be found.

The Guardian is also forbidden from telling its readers why the paper is prevented – for the first time in memory – from reporting parliament. Legal obstacles, which cannot be identified, involve proceedings, which cannot be mentioned, on behalf of a client who must remain secret.

The only fact the Guardian can report is that the case involves the London solicitors Carter-Ruck, who specialise in suing the media for clients, who include individuals or global corporations.

From Parliament.uk, “Questions for Oral or Written Answer beginning on Tuesday 13 October 2009″

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N Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of legislation to protect (a) whistleblowers and (b) press freedom following the injunctions obtained in the High Court by (i) Barclays and Freshfields solicitors on 19 March 2009 on the publication of internal Barclays reports documenting alleged tax avoidance schemes and (ii) Trafigura and Carter-Ruck solicitors on 11 September 2009 on the publication of the Minton report on the alleged dumping of toxic waste in the Ivory Coast, commissioned by Trafigura.

Click here for more background on the Trafigura/Carter-Ruck libel-abuse cover-up

UPDATE – pleased to see that the mighty Guido Fawkes had the same idea. Injunction scuppered…

UPDATE 2 – “Jack of Kent” gives a legal view

UPDATE 3 – Big thumbs up to The Spectator for, I think, being the first mainstream UK media to break ranks and fully report what’s been going on. If  only they were this good the whole time – for any Spectator staff who are reading, can I request more of the defending-democracy stuff and less of the pseudo-debating AIDS-denialism? I hope Lord Fowler knows what you’re letting him in for!

Written by Richard Wilson

October 12, 2009 at 9:00 pm

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  1. That’s it? Talk about counter productive for Trafigura/Carter Ruck! What are they going to do, file injunctions against Jack Straw when he eventually answers the Q? These super injunctions need to die, and fast.

    Conrad

    October 12, 2009 at 9:58 pm

  2. They’ll have fun suing the entire bloody internet. Carter Ruck vs Berners Lee. Hee hee.

    Tim Footman

    October 12, 2009 at 10:27 pm

  3. [...] [Such as, for example, this one. [...]

  4. Anybody for ‘gagging’ Carter Ruck on Thursday – flashmob/blockade kinda thing outside their London office?

    Jamie Potter

    October 12, 2009 at 11:30 pm

  5. I think just a mass of people would do. @hannahnicklin on twitter suggested standing silently, perhaps with our mouths physically gagged.

    Jamie Potter

    October 13, 2009 at 12:13 am

  6. [...] to see why Trafigura’s lawyers Carter-Ruck would go to such trouble to get a media gag on Paul Farrelly MP’s Parliamentary Question about the press freedom implications of the Trafigura case. For the most part, the cat’s [...]

  7. This website could come in handy for organising it: http://tweetvite.com/event/gagcarterruck

    Jamie Potter

    October 13, 2009 at 12:26 am

  8. I’ve been trying to figure out how they’ve pulled this off legally, and not got so far. Anybody want to enlighten me?

    Dan

    October 13, 2009 at 12:30 am

  9. Googling for the Minton report, I found that an article about it was removed from this site an hour ago.

    “The “Minton Report” – is this the detail that Carter-Ruck wanted …
    The existence of the Minton report, which was given to Trafigura in 2006 but only recently disclosed, appears to suggest that, despite their denials, …http://richardwilsonauthor.wordpress.com/2009/10/13/the-minton-report-is-this-the-detail-that-carter-ruck-wanted-suppressed/

    What’s going on here?

    Jack

    October 13, 2009 at 2:07 am

  10. This is the Minton report (as mentioned above), but never until today mentioned in UK media (despite articles on this scandal being run)

    http://wikileaks.org/leak/waterson-toxicwaste-ivorycoast-%C3%A92009.pdf

    Neil

    October 13, 2009 at 2:51 am

  11. It was amazing to find a tweet from Jay Rosen (journalism NYU) bemoaning the Guardian gag, then another tweet from Alex Howard, a technical journalist friend in DC pointing me here, and yet another from Rebecca MacKinnon, professor at UHK Journalism pointing me to Wikileaks — all perhaps within an hour.

    Yes, yes, amazing things these interwebs.

    Shava Nerad

    October 13, 2009 at 6:44 am

  12. Has the Speccie entry been taken down now? It looks like it to me

    Mycroft

    October 13, 2009 at 6:55 am

  13. [...] blogging ’sceptics’ – @dontgetfooled and lawyer @jackofkent seem to have got there first, digging up the following from Parliament.uk, [...]

  14. er, what happened to your other post? The one specifically about the Minton Report?
    Don’t start getting me paranoid…

    Dan

    October 13, 2009 at 8:36 am

  15. [...] on Twitter (that’s in the whole world). The Spectator has already broken the wall between what the blogs will say and what the print media thinks it can get away with … and many, many more people are now [...]

  16. [...] on Twitter (that’s in the whole world). The Spectator has already broken the wall between what the blogs will say and what the print media thinks it can get away with … and many, many more people are now [...]

  17. Its trending on twitter – http://twitter.com/#search?q=%23trafigura

    james blessing

    October 13, 2009 at 8:51 am

  18. [...] The question Carter Ruck don’t want you to see reported from Parliament (care of Richard Wilson’s [...]

  19. [...] is kortom sprake van een totaalverbod. Gelukkig is er internet. Hier staat waar het om gaat. Om het in Amsterdam gevestigde Trafigura, het bedrijf dat met de Probo [...]

    Monddood maken « 2525

    October 13, 2009 at 9:55 am

  20. [...] Richard Wilson first published a related parliamentary question in full while Guido Fawkes did the same and provided a link to the [...]

  21. [...] on Twitter (that’s in the whole world). The Spectator has already broken the wall between what the blogs will say and what the print media thinks it can get away with … and many, many more people are now [...]

  22. If this injunction isn’t overturned in the very near future we should start a riot, it’s unbelievable!

    ukrichardah

    October 13, 2009 at 11:26 am

  23. [...] [...]

  24. [...] Effect. Meanwhile a simple Google search of “Carter Ruck Trafigura” took me to blogger Richard Wilson’s site. Wilson simply ignored the edict and linked to the parliamentary [...]

  25. [...] Wilson has the honour of being first on the case, though. He’d spotted the story and identified the question over an hour before anyone [...]

  26. What an excellent and important article.

    See this open letter on the subject:

    http://cantankerous.co.uk/2009/10/13/an-open-letter-of-congratulations-to-carter-ruck-and-trafigura/

    cantankerous

    October 13, 2009 at 3:26 pm

  27. [...] has been muzzled concerning a parliamentary question on Trafigura and Carter-Ruck solicitors. Reposted in full from Don’t Get Fooled Again: [...]

  28. [...] (Blog) Don’t Get Fooled Again by Richard Wilson – The Parliamentary Question Carter Ruck… [...]

  29. [...] out, and by the time I caught up with the story, Richard Wilson (like several other bloggers) had published the question on his own [...]

  30. Hope you get (historical) credit for being FIRST but fear Guido will …

    paul canning

    October 13, 2009 at 10:31 pm

  31. [...] The Parliamentary Question Carter Ruck and Trafigura don’t want you to see From The Guardian The Guardian has been prevented from reporting parliamentary proceedings on legal grounds which [...] [...]

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    October 14, 2009 at 12:25 am

  32. [...] got picked up by a number of prominent blogs, including Guido Fawkes, Richard Wilson’s Don’t Get Fooled Again, and Adam Tinworth’s One Man and His Blog. Finally, mainstream media caught up, with The [...]

  33. Mary Kennedy

    October 14, 2009 at 8:21 pm

  34. Rainbow Warrior

    October 19, 2009 at 6:10 pm

  35. [...] scandal. Six hours of TwitterIndignation later, during which time every censored detail was made freely available for all to see, and the injunction was, force majeure, lifted. The internet had hobbled it fatally [...]

  36. [...] noted by Richard Wilson, author of Don’t Get Fooled Again, and one of the bloggers to first publish MP Paul Farrelly’s secret injunction question on his blog, Trafigura – the third largest independent oil trader in the world – has been dropped [...]

  37. wow… nice site …hi all… do not forget to put ads or shopping on our site

  38. [...] rights activist, Richard Wilson, was one of the first to uncover the truth, and published a blog only half an hour later, following it with the tweet: Any guesses what this is about? My [...]

  39. [...] The Guardian on September 11th, 2009, in a bid to prevent the newspaper from factually reporting parliamentary questions that were asked relating to its [...]

  40. [...] might compare the above process to the mechanism involved in, say, accessing the text of a Parliamentary Question or a Select Committee report, [...]

  41. Well, we now know that TRAFIGURA have been found guilty of an evil crime..Carter Ruck tried to cover it up. Carter Ruck, are now trying to silence the Internet on behalf of their clients the Mccanns…WHO is going to put a stop to these threats and why if the Mccanns are innocent do they wish to ban FREE SPEECH?

    powersteph65

    July 23, 2010 at 12:55 pm


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