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Post  MJH1901 on Tue 13 Oct - 12:20

Silent flashmob outside Carter-Ruck #Guardian #Trafigura #gagCarterRuck - http://tweetvite.com/event/...
15th October 2009 http://tweetvite.com/event/gagcarterruck

Let's Gag Carter-Ruck
Hosted By: Flashmob

Hashtag: #gagCarterRuck
Views: 4691

To protest against the Guardian Gag, ordered by Carter-Ruck, blocking reporting of the goings on of our OWN PARLIAMENT (and for no other reason than the protection of corrupt private enterprise) we are going to GAG THEM

Silent flashmob, come stand silently out side the offices of Carter-Ruck (map below), gagged with a piece of black fabric.

We won't be breaking the law, they, and the people they represent are.

Nearest Tubes: Chancery Lane, Faringdon.

Hashtag: #gagCarterRuck

Take pictures, get the noise out there.



More info:

The gag is generally considered in the Blogosphere to be to do with toxic dumping by the reprehensible Trafigura, to read more about their appalling practices read here or listen here. You can also follow the #guardiangag hastag on twitter for more reactions.

"[Trafigura] has also threatened journalists in the Netherlands and Norway, but the law is less kind to such plaintiffs in those countries, and its threats were taken less seriously.

In Britain, libel (or defamation) is used as the rich man's sedition law, stifling criticism and exposure of all kinds of malpractice" Monboit writing here

Speak out against enforced silence.
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Post  Justiceforallkids on Tue 13 Oct - 12:48

wow whos doing this???
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Post  Alfiefinn on Tue 13 Oct - 12:54

Oh dear. Carter "Where there's blame, there's a claim " Ruck seem to suddenly be drawing lots of negative fire. Maybe now the media will pile on in there, start lifting rocks and see what crawls out.
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Post  Justiceforallkids on Tue 13 Oct - 12:55

Alfiefinn wrote:Oh dear. Carter "Where there's blame, there's a claim " Ruck seem to suddenly be drawing lots of negative fire. Maybe now the media will pile on in there, start lifting rocks and see what crawls out.

it proves bullying and trying to censor people backfires on you bigtime!!!
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Post  Alfiefinn on Tue 13 Oct - 12:59

yes, there's still hope carly, mate. Remember all potential Dr Evils- Karma can bite you back on the arse -hard.
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Post  curious george on Tue 13 Oct - 12:59

Trafigura is the most searched word on Twitter this morning.

Well done, Carter Ruck. Could you f*ck this up more if you tried?
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Post  Justiceforallkids on Tue 13 Oct - 13:04

Alfiefinn wrote:yes, there's still hope carly, mate. Remember all potential Dr Evils- Karma can bite you back on the arse -hard.

i have and always bill believe in karma what goes around comes around IMO
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Post  Guest on Tue 13 Oct - 13:10

MJH1901 wrote:Silent flashmob outside Carter-Ruck #Guardian #Trafigura #gagCarterRuck - http://tweetvite.com/event/...
15th October 2009 http://tweetvite.com/event/gagcarterruck

Let's Gag Carter-Ruck
Hosted By: Flashmob

Hashtag: #gagCarterRuck
Views: 4691

To protest against the Guardian Gag, ordered by Carter-Ruck, blocking reporting of the goings on of our OWN PARLIAMENT (and for no other reason than the protection of corrupt private enterprise) we are going to GAG THEM

Silent flashmob, come stand silently out side the offices of Carter-Ruck (map below), gagged with a piece of black fabric.

We won't be breaking the law, they, and the people they represent are.

Nearest Tubes: Chancery Lane, Faringdon.

Hashtag: #gagCarterRuck

Take pictures, get the noise out there.



More info:

The gag is generally considered in the Blogosphere to be to do with toxic dumping by the reprehensible Trafigura, to read more about their appalling practices read here or listen here. You can also follow the #guardiangag hastag on twitter for more reactions.

"[Trafigura] has also threatened journalists in the Netherlands and Norway, but the law is less kind to such plaintiffs in those countries, and its threats were taken less seriously.

In Britain, libel (or defamation) is used as the rich man's sedition law, stifling criticism and exposure of all kinds of malpractice" Monboit writing here

Speak out against enforced silence.

And now 5764 views!!
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Update! Looks like Carter Ruck don't want us to have a great day out!

Post  MJH1901 on Tue 13 Oct - 13:24

# Thanks to Twitter/all tweeters for fantastic support over past 16 hours! Great victory for free speech. #guardian #trafigura #carterRuck4 minutes ago from web
# Victory! #CarterRuck caves-in. No #Guardian court hearing. Media can now report Paul Farrelly's PQ about #Trafigura. More soon on Guardian..12 minutes ago from web.




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Post  Alfiefinn on Tue 13 Oct - 13:25

Cheers Mairy. Loving your avatar by the way - ooh Matron
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Post  Alfiefinn on Tue 13 Oct - 13:29

Oh dear Carter-Ruck damaged below the water line. Fatally, one hopes.
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Post  Justiceforallkids on Tue 13 Oct - 13:29

Victory! #CarterRuck caves-in. No #Guardian court hearing. Media can now report Paul Farrelly's PQ about #Trafigura. More soon on Guardian..

whohoooo!!!
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Post  sybilsleaves on Tue 13 Oct - 14:09

Power to the people!!!
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Post  Guest on Tue 13 Oct - 14:27

... and as a consequence:

We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to enshrine in law the absolute right of the media to report the proceedings of The House in full at all times. More details

Submitted by Robert Neuschul – Deadline to sign up by: 13 October 2010 – Signatures: 414



http://petitions.number10.gov.uk/PressFreedom/#detail
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Post  julygirl3210 on Tue 13 Oct - 14:30

Loved this sentence from the Daily Telegraph report of this.

Quote : "Twitter users toasted Carter-Ruck's climbdown as a victory for the principle of press liberty. "Hurrah for free speech and freedom of information...don't mess with the people"

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/politics/6316512/Libel-firm-Carter-Ruck-and-oil-trader-Trafigura-end-attempt-to-gag-press-freedom.html
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as above

Post  halfamo on Tue 13 Oct - 14:37

sybilsleaves wrote:Power to the people!!!

Completely off topic.sybilsleaves ......Arms and the Women.?.
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Post  Guest on Tue 13 Oct - 14:39

Trafigura gagging order lifted as Twitter and Guardian win free speech victory E-mail
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News is breaking that solicitors Carter Ruck has now "dropped its claim that to report parliament would be a contempt of court" just before a legal challenge was due to be heard in the High Court. Twitter users can celebrate playing their part in helping to defend the freedom of the press. iTWire reveals all...

When The Guardian newspaper was prevented from reporting on British parliamentary proceedings by a court order, Twitter users took it upon themselves to uphold the 1688 Bill of Rights and defend freedom of speech.

Amongst other the immutable civil and political rights granted by the 1688 Bill of Rights is that of freedom of speech. Specifically that the proceedings in Parliament shall not be impeached or questioned in any court.

Yet on the evening of Monday 12th October, The Guardian reported how it was not being allowed to report on parliamentary proceedings on legal grounds after a judge granted a gagging order against the newspaper.

"The only fact the Guardian can report is that the case involves the London solicitors Carter-Ruck" reporter David Leigh said, adding "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 newspaper was also prevented, by the order, from explaining to its readers why it was being prevented from reporting the parliamentary proceedings. "Legal obstacles, which cannot be identified, involve proceedings, which cannot be mentioned, on behalf of a client who must remain secret" as Leigh puts it.

Guardian Editor, Alan Rusbridger, had this morning Tweeted that he hopes to "get into court today to challenge ban" and it is actually very apt that the announcement was made on Twitter. Without Twitter, it has to be said, most people around the world would probably not have heard of either Carter-Ruck (the solicitors which took the action) or Trafigura (the company they are representing).

Indeed, as I write (less than 24 hours after the story started getting noticed on the micro-blogging site) Trafigura, Carter-Ruck and CarterRuck provide three of the top four trending keywords on Twitter. How's that for freedom of speech?

Although, mysteriously, the #trafigura hashtag which was the top trending keyword before I went to bed last night had vanished from sight, and site, this morning. The where's and why fores have yet to be explained by Twitter although conspiracy theories abound.

So what's the fuss actually all about? The mystery of who Trafigura are and how Twitter has become the upholder of democracy when the media fails, are explained on the next page along with the previously banned question in full.

So what is going on here and why has the traditional British freedom of the press been trodden upon with such a big boot. Ask any British journalist and they will tell you that Media 101 says 'you can report on parliamentary proceedings without fear of legal repurcussion' it's a fundamental right.

Which is why journalists, who now inhabit Twitter like seagulls at a rubbish tip, quickly started digging up whatever they could and posting their thoughts as tweets. The reference to Carter Ruck solicitors in the original Guardian story was enough for them to discover that an MP was to ask a parliamentary question (today) regarding how the British Government would protect whistleblowers and reporters.

Now the gagging order has been lifted, we can publish the full text of the question concerned and you can see exactly what all the fuss has been about:

"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" to be asked by Labour MP Paul Farrelly of Justice Secretary, Jack Straw.

Back in September it was The Guardian which covered the toxic waste dumping story and claimed that UK oil trader Trafigura's libel lawyers, Carter-Ruck, had blocked it from reporting beforehand. Only after Trafigura announced it was paying millions of pounds in compensation, but without admission of any liability over the allegations from 2006, was The Guardian finally free to publish its account.

Now Twitter is back on the case after it got wind of the Guardian gagging order over reporting a parliamentary question. Not only were important questions asked about how this had been allowed to happen but there were even 'Ungag the Guardian' twibbons being worn by many users to show support.

Those tweets not only called for MPs to debate the matter, but also for the mainstream media to cover it. Pleas that did not go unanswered. Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Nick Clegg, has today tweeted that he was very concerned about the story and his party was "planning to take action on this".

It would seem that all the pressure paid off, and I for one am convinced that the power of Twitter played a large part in common sense prevailing in what was a vital case concerning freedom of the press. It's nice to see that the political power of Twitter has not been diminished by recent cases where The Powsers That be have tried to prevent it from being used as a tool for the people.

http://www.itwire.com/content/view/28479/53/
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Post  Lillyofthevalley on Tue 13 Oct - 14:54

You would think that Carter Fruck would realise that the public are questioning what the hell the Mccanns are upto what with the Barca/Aussy Vicky Beckham carry on and all their latest PT/Swedish antics of recent, that people connect CR to all these shenanigans and yes we think that CR are just as bad with their silly bullying and threats........They maybe getting paid alot of money from the fund, but is it worth tarnishing their reputation, couldn't happen to a nicer law firm!!! :Wave: :Wave: :Wave: :Wave: :Wave: .
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Post  curious george on Tue 13 Oct - 16:13



Carter-Ruck's homepage.

If you can't read the highlighted message, it says "Thought it best not to mess with Carter-Ruck" The Guardian.

Oh, the irony.
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Post  MissGivings on Tue 13 Oct - 16:19

curious george wrote:

Carter-Ruck's homepage.

If you can't read the highlighted message, it says "Thought it best not to mess with Carter-Ruck" The Guardian.

Oh, the irony.

Love it
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Re: Flashmob Carter Ruck 15 Oct

Post  Lillyofthevalley on Tue 13 Oct - 16:24

KARMA seems even Carter Ruck dont escape the dreaded Mccann Karma... :cheat:[strike]
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Post  Alfiefinn on Tue 13 Oct - 16:29

How hubristic of Carter-Ruck to have that on their website and how poetically just that their humiliation should come at the hands of the Guardian, the very paper mentioned in that crowing phrase....... :risas:
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Post  Simon K on Tue 13 Oct - 16:42

What great news, I'm sure Private Eye will go to town with this news.
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Post  macy on Tue 13 Oct - 22:42

Blimey, their website makes interesting reading, just stumbled on this page:-

http://www.carter-ruck.com/Media%20Law/publicationDetails.asp?ID=1

They truly are ruthless bas***ds
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