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Carter Ruck – wrong again

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BBC cave in to lawyers

Vis Shane Greer

The Carter Ruck/Trafigura case shows no sign of learning any lessons about the internet and web 2.0., all references to the Trafigura story have been removed from the BBC’s website after they caved in to the demands of Carter Ruck, seems they learned nothing from their heavy handed approach to The Guardian.

So once again in the defence of freedom of speech here is the Newsnight film which no blogger would be posting were it not for Trafigura’s attempts to limit free speech:


BBC libel fees were almost £1m ($1.64m) since start of 2008 [writing 21/Oct/09]

The BBC received 71 complaints about libel since January 2008 and spent £121,000 on lawyers to defend itself, says the British ‘newspaper’ The Sunday Express –…

Consider just one fact about the output of the BBC: over 78,000 radio hours in its past financial year over 10 radio networks.

And it has 8 TV networks also pumping out hours of viewing.

Current affairs is a central part of the BBC. The BBC spends £4.5 billion on operating expenditure (radio and TV hours) and publishing websites and educational resources –

For which it has to pay out, under British libel laws, just £1 million in nearly 2 years. Well worth it for a public broadcaster. Unless you think a public broadcaster should not libel anybody. (That’s not at all possible for a current affairs remit).

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Written by curly

December 16, 2009 at 10:19 am

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