Tuesday 13 October 2009

Trafigura Gagging Order Goes Viral

Because I'm stuck at home, feeling ill and worrying about how much work I have waiting in the office, I've been distracted by following the furore on Twitter over the gagging order against the Guardian.

The injunction had been obtained by solicitors Carter Ruck and its client Trafigura, preventing reporting of parliamentary questions about the dumping of toxic waste in the Ivory Coast (more details here). But far from stopping discussion about Trafigura, anger against the order has gone into overdrive on the web. This is the Twitter Trendsmap at lunchtime today and it shows exactly what UK Twitter users are talking about:

See also: The Carter-Ruck School of viral marketing and a useful summary on Chicken Yoghurt

Meanwhile, elsewhere:
this is what stunt-driven apolitical protest looks like.

1 Comment:

HarpyMarx said...

Firstly, I know that worry feeling when off work cos of illness and no matter what anyone says you still worry (protestant work ethic...).

Secondly, Carter Ruck. I could get all Private Eye with their name but I won't. It is disgraceful that they are preventing this by gagging the Guardian. It should be in the public domain. B'stards...

Btw: take care Kevin and get well soon.... And stop bloody worrying..


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