As a public interest service, I am including links below to any articles and resources I come across relating to the press gag injunction made by Carter Ruck in the interests of their client, Trafigura.
I strongly recommend reading these articles, as they inform about the use of libel as action to prevent reporting on alleged instances of corporate neglect. I would also strongly advise people to cache a copy of these articles for themselves, in case the sources linked to are required to take down these histories.
MEDIA & REPORTS
- Original history of the Trafigura case: September 16 article in the Guardian.
- 14 September 2006 full Minton Report. (pdf)
- The Carter Ruck press release on proceedings against the BBC. (thanks @willjordan)
- BBC reports on condemnation of gagging. (Edited: Thanks Patrick!)
BLOGS WITH COVERAGE
- The question Carter Ruck don’t want you to see reported from Parliament (care of Richard Wilson’s blog)
- San Francisco Guardian Blog discussing the issue (good content in the comments section)
- George Monbiot’s blog at the Guardian on defamation laws and the Trafigura case.
- Trending terms in Europe (pic).
On twitter, the term #trafigura has been trending all morning. The full feed for all #trafigura posts is available here.
There’s also the silent protest being staged on Thursday at 1pm in Chancery Lane outside the offices of Carter Ruck. Anyone who is available and interested in making a statement about misuse of libel is invited to attend. Full details at: http://tweetvite.com/event/gagcarterruck
An e-petition is now in place to ensure capacity of the media to report Parliament at all times.
Alan Rusbridger reported at 12:53pm London time that Carter Ruck have caved in and removed injunction against the Guardian from reporting the parliamentary gag.
EDIT: Alan Rusbridger published his final analysis of the “super-injunction” on 20 October.
EDIT: Guardian report Trafigura is returning to court to suppress lawsuit documents (January 2010)