Please Sign Petition and/or E-mail the UK Government in Protest of Gag orders on the Press.
This is for UK Citizens only. This is in view of the Trafigura Corp who left poisonous toxic waste in Africa. They then attempted to gag the news media.
The Guardian has been prevented from reporting parliamentary proceedings on legal grounds which appear to call into question privileges guaranteeing free speech established under the 1688 Bill of Rights.
Today’s published Commons order papers contain a question to be answered by a minister later this week. The Guardian is prevented from identifying the MP who has asked the question, what the question is, which minister might answer it, or where the question is to be found.
This is absolutely unacceptable.
Below are two options for all British Citizens.
Take Action protect your press and your right to know what is going on in your country.
The Guardian newspaper has today been served an injunction preventing it from reporting specific proceedings of The House..
The same orders also prevent it informing the public about who sought these orders or report which proceedings may not to be reported.
Such injunctions are an abuse of legal process and hard won principles by commercial litigants hiding their activities from appropriate public scrutiny.
Such abuses of the law should not be permitted to continue, and specifically not in the context of the activities of The House.
The public has an absolute right to know the activities of its representatives within The House and, in particular, it has the right to know the proceedings of The House within the chamber. The media at large should have a similar and absolute right to report those activities.
We request and petition that the freedom of the press and other media to report the proceedings of The House at all times be enacted into law.
Protect Our Free Press: Stop the Gag
Tell your MP to stand up for the media’s right to report on politicians in Westminster: e-mail them in two minutes, now.
The Guardian newspaper was temporarily prevented from reporting Parliamentary business in Westminster: one the most serious threats to media freedom in the UK in memory. Worse still, we know now that the gag was to shield the reputation of a major multinational company, coming under pressure on its environmental track record.
The Guardian have fought for their right to report on Parliament and won, but now we must tell our MPs to make sure this can never happen again.
Journalists need to be free to scrutinise our elected politicians. Without a free press, it’s unlikely we would have heard about the expenses scandal or the shady dealings over the start of the Iraq war. We can’t let corporate interests threaten journalists’ right to report the news.
If we all contact our MPs and urge them to challenge the laws that meant that reporting on Parliament could be gagged, we can make sure this never happens again. E-mail your MP now, in less than two minutes.
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