Tuesday, 13 October 2009


Due to the gagging of the Guardian (which has now been lifted) causing greater interest in the Trafigura story, here is a partial re-post of an old post (with an update), which provides links that explain the story's background.

Trafigura, a company whose corporate social responsibility policy makes the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant look like Oxfam, is responsible for the several deaths and the injury of thousands due the to the dumping of toxic waste in Ivory Coast. The story serves as a measure of news agencies' priorities. Not one of the tabloids mentions the story at all. [Update: Although this has changed, there is now an article on The Daily Mail website by James Slack, there is no mention of the victims or Trafigura's crimes. (For a more detailed look at Slack's work see here, here, here, here, here, here, and here.)] Meanwhile, David Leigh and Rob Evans, expose links to Conservative lords including the leader of the Conservative party in the Lords, Lord Strathclyde. And, that the victims are to receive little compensation.

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