Barrick threatens publisher with libel suit [Canada]

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21 April 2008

Independent Report at Bulyanhulu [Tanzania]

Author: Barrick Gold

The Bulyanhulu site in Tanzania was the subject of controversy in recent years associated with unsubstantiated allegations of improper actions by the previous owner of the property that led to the death of artisanal miners in 1996. Numerous investigations by Tanzanian authorities, and subsequently by Barrick, had found no credible basis for the allegations... On October 29, 2002 the Compliance Advisor/Ombudsman of the World Bank issued a report summarizing its assessment of allegations concerning Bulyanhulu made by the Lawyers Environmental Action Team (LEAT). Most seriously, the complaint alleged the death of artisanal miners during land clearing in 1996, prior to Barrick’s acquisition of...Sutton Resources Ltd. in 1999... The Report generally discredited the allegations and concluded that no further action could usefully be taken by the ombudsman. It stated that there is no compelling evidence to support the version of events alleged by LEAT...

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Author: AFP

Le géant aurifère Barrick Gold a tenté en vain de stopper la publication d'un livre controversé sur l'activité de sociétés minières canadiennes en Afrique, menaçant de poursuites judiciaires une petite maison d'édition qui a malgré tout annoncé lundi la publication de l'ouvrage... [Barrick] a indiqué la semaine dernière à la maison d'édition montréalaise Ecosociété qu'il engagerait des poursuites pour "dommages-intérêts substantiels" si elle publiait comme prévu l'ouvrage "Noir Canada - Pillage, corruption et criminalité en Afrique"... Le géant minier canadien estime que le résumé du livre et sa table des matières lient "faussement Barrick à des 'abus qualifiables de crimes', notamment en associant le nom de Barrick à des mineurs 'enterrés vifs en Tanzanie' ". La controverse porte sur des allégations selon lesquelles 52 travailleurs de la mine Bulyanhulu, en Tanzanie, seraient morts en 1996. Barrick a acheté en 1999...[le] groupe Sutton Resources [propriétaire de la mine Bulyanhulu] et affirme que toutes accusations...sont fausses. "Pas un seul mineur artisanal n'a été blessé ou tué lors de la relocalisation hors du site de la mine Bulyanhulu en 1996", soutient le géant minier...

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15 April 2008

Publisher not deterred by Barrick [Canada]

Author: Marianne White, Canwest News Service [Canada]

A small Quebec publishing house is giving the green light to a book linking Barrick Gold Corp. to the alleged deaths of Tanzanian miners in 1996, despite the threat of libel lawsuit...Calling the lawsuit a "means of intimidation," Ecosociété announced...it was going ahead. "We are not going to draw back from those threats," the publishing company said..."It's a question of freedom of expression."...the World Bank's Office of the Compliance Adviser...which investigated the allegations in 2002...found that there is nothing to substantiate allegations of 52 murders at Bulyanhulu...[also refers to Sutton Resources (now part of Barrick Gold)]

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14 April 2008

Barrick threatens publisher with libel suit [Canada]

Author: Kirk Makin, Globe & Mail [Canada]

A libel threat issued against a small Montreal publishing house by Barrick Gold Corp has delayed the launch of a book accusing the company of being complicit in the deaths of more than 50 Tanzanian miners in 1996. Barrick threatened a lawsuit...after learning that...the book - Canada Noir: Pillage, Corruption et Criminalité en Afrique - blames the company for an atrocity in which the miners were allegedly buried alive. Barrick spokesman Vince Borg said...that the publisher's summary...clearly blames Barrick for a highly questionable incident that took place three years prior to its purchase of the property..."This is not only about Barrick," [said Anne-Lise Gauthier of Écosociété, the book's publisher] "...It is about all of our mining companies in Africa. Most of them do very badly for the people of Africa, and their environment..."

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