Tuesday, 13 October 2009

Guardian stifled over polluting oil company?

So it seems that the Guardian have been prevented from reporting a parliamentary question published in the proceedings of parliament and due to be answered later this week. They can't tell us what about but it concerns the law firm Carter-Ruck and I suspect also the company Trafigura, which is said to have dumped a load of waste in Ivory Coast, killing and injuring many people, and then tried to hide it by saying that they gave it to a licensed disposal outfit, and that they didn't think it would do any harm(alledgedly).

This is a disgrace. A company, suspected of a flagrant breach of environmental law, and a newspaper not allowed to published a parliamentary question. It shows how the growing threat of libel is being used to stifle genuine issues of democratic and criminal debate.. while we all get distracted by stupid stories about MPs getting an extra £300 for gardening. It is also pretty daft as everyone who is interested will now know all about Trafigura and Carter-Ruck.

Here is a link to some info on Trafigura.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/sep/16/trafigura-oil-ivory-coast

The Minton report about Trafiguras actions on wiki leaks - is this what they are worried about?
http://88.80.16.63/leak/waterson-toxicwaste-ivorycoast-é2009.pdf

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