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Oct. 12th, 2009 | 10:36 pm

Yet another example of this country's libel laws being a complete fucking joke.

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.

Careful observers have pointed out that in Questions for Oral or Written Answer beginning on Tuesday 13 October 2009, number 61 is:

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.

I have a feeling that that might be the question in, er, question.

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Thank you

from: anonymous
date: Oct. 13th, 2009 09:08 am (UTC)

Thanks - I've read that article and thought "How on earth do I get hold of this question" and you've done it for me!

Now it has to go viral ..... !

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Guardian 1 Carter Ruck and Barclays 0

from: anonymous
date: Oct. 13th, 2009 03:35 pm (UTC)

BBD website reporting that Guardian has won the right to publice the question and gives the question as you gave it above.

Fridgemagnet 1 Tossers 0


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