Friday, December 11, 2009

Libel: Petition to change libel laws in wake of Carter-Ruck/Trafigura affair

Probo Koala” dumped 500 tonnes of toxic wastes, belonging to the Dutch commodity trading company Trafigura, at sites around the city of Abidjan, the West African nation’s largest city.

According to official estimates, 15 people died, 69 people were hospitalized and over 100,000 others, complaining of nausea and vomiting after inhaling fumes, sought medical treatment after the incident. - A petition to reform UK libel law was launched in Parliament today amid strong urges from politicians and reformers to push for change before the next general election.

"The problem isn't just that writers are being gagged - it's that the public are being blindfolded," said the Liberal Democrat MP, Dr Evan Harris, who called for an house debate on parliamentary privilege following the Trafigura/Guardian injunction furore in October.

"The kinds of cases we're hearing about, and the call for reform indicated in the libel petition, show that it is time for Parliament to act. We need a commitment to reform in all the parties' manifestoes."

Full story: It is time for Parliament to act, urge libel law reform campaigners

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