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Calling all bloggers – Help beat the gag on the BBC

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You can help beat Trafigura’s gag on the BBC by embedding this Youtube video on your website…

…and linking to this pdf!

Here’s why…

Late last week the BBC chose to delete from its website a damning Newsnight investigation into the Trafigura scandal, following legal threats from the company and its controversial lawyers, Carter-Ruck.

Previously, other media outlets including the Times and the Independent, had withdrawn stories about the case, amid concerns that the UK press is choosing to engage in self-censorship, rather than risk a confrontation with such a powerful company in the UK’s archaic and one-sided libel courts.

The BBC is a dominant player within the UK media, and its independence – supposedly guaranteed by the millions it receives from licence-payers each year – is vital both to its public service function and its global reputation.

Freedom of speech means very little without an effective and independent media – if it’s true that the BBC’s independence can so easily be compromised by legal threats, then this sets a very dangerous precedent for the future.

The mainstream UK media has so far assiduously avoided reporting on the BBC’s climbdown. Yet it’s an issue that raises serious questions about the state of press freedom in Britain, at a time of unprecedented attacks on the media.

To help subvert this latest attempt to muzzle the press, please embed this video on your blog, and link to this PDF of the original story.

Written by Richard Wilson

December 14, 2009 at 11:16 pm

Posted in Don't Get Fooled Again

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  1. [...] have downloaded the clips in case it disappears, please repost and spread it around. Google cache of the missing page [...]

  2. [...] 14, 2009 Posted by endlesspsych in Discussion. trackback Via dontgetfooledagain [...]

  3. [...] BBC, Carter-Ruck, Gag, Ivory Coast, Trafigura. Leave a Comment In response to this blogpost found here, it appears that the Trafigura saga that dominated twitter and the blogosphere (I detest that word [...]

  4. [...] For more see Richard Wilson. [...]

    BBC silenced | Sim-O

    December 15, 2009 at 12:49 am

  5. [...] Don’t get fooled again. Categories: Misc Tags: bbc, censorship, don't get fooled again, newsnight, richard wilson, trafigura Comments (0) Trackbacks (0) Leave a comment Trackback [...]

  6. Will post it on my Blog.Power to the People!

    Desire K

    December 15, 2009 at 9:57 am

  7. [...] You should go here and watch the video. [...]

  8. Blogged.

    Phil

    December 15, 2009 at 12:17 pm

  9. [...] Richard Wilson writes: You can help beat Trafigura’s gag on the BBC by embedding this Youtube video on your website… …and linking to this pdf! [...]

  10. I’m in!

    Daniel Hoffmann-Gill

    December 15, 2009 at 3:01 pm

  11. [...] the BBC, in which case, you may be required to withdraw reports into Trafigura. As the skeptic blog Don’t Get Fooled Again puts it: Late last week the BBC chose to delete from its website a damning Newsnight investigation [...]

  12. [...] Calling all bloggers – Help beat the gag on the BBC Posted on December 15, 2009 by eveningperson Reposted from Don’t Get Fooled Again: [...]

  13. Have added the video on my blog, People around the World are informed too about this Corporation that feel can threaten the voices that call for Justice,yes, we can!

    Desire K

    December 16, 2009 at 12:36 am

  14. [...] all sorts of places, a video they don’t want you to see on the BBC: I’m beginning to think that Carter [...]

  15. [...] attention has been drawn to this post by Richard Wilson, it would seem that Carter-Fuck would really much rather we didn’t see a [...]

  16. [...] Help us ensure that more BBC investigations get quietly shelved! [...]

  17. [...] a comment » The BBC appears to have decided to withdraw a hard-hitting news investigation rather than risk a libel action against the controversial oil traders, Trafigura. Such an action would certainly be costly, yet by [...]

  18. [...] gags the BBC December 19, 2009 — jahammerton Richard Wilson writes: Late last week the BBC chose to delete from its website a damning Newsnight investigation into the [...]

  19. We have a blog that is critical of African governments, generally, but we uphold the right to free speech and we attack injustice in any form. This is just disgusting, both on the part of Trafigura the government of the Ivory Coast.

    We get 70,000 hits per month, and I will post, including a link to the pdf.

    Occasional Visitor

    January 28, 2010 at 5:30 am

  20. [...] Richard Wilson writes: You can help beat Trafigura’s gag on the BBC by embedding this Youtube video on your website… …and linking to this pdf! [...]


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