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Gag on Guardian reporting MP's Trafigura question lifted

The existence of a previously secret injunction against the media by oil traders Trafigura can now be revealed...Trafigura's legal firm, Carter-Ruck, has withdrawn its opposition to the Guardian reporting proceedings in parliament that revealed its existence. Labour MP Paul Farrelly put down a question yesterday to the justice secretary, Jack Straw. Here is the full text of Farrelly's question: "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."

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Trafigura lawsuits (re Côte d’Ivoire)

UK: Trafigura's law firm Carter Ruck withdraws attempt to prevent Guardian newspaper reporting parliamentary question regarding toxic waste dumping in Côte d'Ivoire