Charlie Brooker – If a tree falls in the forest and there’s no one to hear it, can Carter-Ruck ban all mention of the sound?

Charlie Brooker

Charlie Brooker

Charlie Brooker, Guardian 19 Oct 2009

Great piece from Charlie Brooker in today Guardian on law firm Carter-Ruck‘s attempt to gag the Guardian from reporting on the Trafigura toxic waste scandal.

“As you may have noticed, there was a bit of a kerfuffle last week involving this newspaper, the House of Commons, the oil-trading company Trafigura, law firm Carter-Ruck, Private Eye, toxic waste, Twitter, and a mysterious alien entity known as a “super-injunction”. What may have struck anyone with zero interest in media law or basic human rights as a bafflingly dry story was in fact a significant victory for freedom of speech. The irony is that, having won the freedom to explain what happened, “explaining what happened” stretches language itself to its limit, thanks to the presence of the aforementioned “super-injunction” – a legal weapon so profoundly confusing it has the power to warp reality itself.”

Read the full piece at the Guardian’s website

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