UK Continues To Censor The Press: Orders Wall Street Journal To Pull Details From Already Published Story

from the no-freedom-of-the-press dept

The UK's issue broad injunctions that try to silence the press from naming names of people accused of crimes. Given that, a court apparently ordered the Wall Street Journal to remove the names of bankers the WSJ had noted were expected to be named as being involved in the criminal manipulation of the LIBOR rate:
A British judge ordered the Journal and David Enrich, the newspaper's European banking editor, to comply with a request by the U.K.'s Serious Fraud Office prohibiting the newspaper from publishing names of individuals not yet made public in the government's ongoing investigation into alleged manipulation of the London interbank offered rate, or Libor.

The order, which applies to publication in England and Wales, also demanded that the Journal remove "any existing Internet publication" divulging the details. It threatened Mr. Enrich and "any third party" with penalties including a fine, imprisonment and asset seizure.
Except, as the Journal notes, it had already published the story out on the wire, and while it took down its own web story, and is protesting the injunction, it's not at all difficult to find other stories that published the names:
In Friday’s U.S. edition of the newspaper, 11 names were printed, including former UBS AG (NYSE:UBS) and Citigroup Inc. (NYSE:C) trader Tom Hayes; his former boss at UBS, Michael Pieri; and two former brokers at R.P. Martin Holdings Ltd., Terry Farr and James Gilmour.
And, of course, anyone who got the print version, which had already gone to press, could see the names as well:
And, in the end, all this has really done is draw that much more attention to the names.


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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 18th, 2013 @ 1:04pm

    seems like the surveillance isn't the only thing that the UK is doing to be on par with the USA. they're going down the 'i can be just as stupid over the press' route as well, with judges acting either just as naive or clueless as their USA counterparts

     

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    Nastybutler77 (profile), Oct 18th, 2013 @ 1:13pm

    It would have made more sense for the judge to order everyone in the UK to close their eyes, put their fingers in their ears and say "la la la" repeatedly.

     

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    Daniel, Oct 18th, 2013 @ 1:14pm

    Censoring the Press

    This may be a harbringer of future press coverage in the USA. The Obama administration is the most press oppressive in history.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 18th, 2013 @ 1:15pm

    In Friday’s U.S. edition of the newspaper, 11 names were printed, including former UBS AG (NYSE:UBS) and Citigroup Inc. (NYSE:C) trader Tom Hayes; his former boss at UBS, Michael Pieri; and two former brokers at R.P. Martin Holdings Ltd., Terry Farr and James Gilmour.

    Steissand Effect engaged.

     

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    Dan, Oct 18th, 2013 @ 1:15pm

    Hey England:

    Tom Hayes, Paul Glands, Terry Farr, James Gilmour, Michael Pieri, Mirhat Alykulov, Christopher Cecere, Luke Madsen, Mark Jones, Noel Gryan.

    Put that in your teakettle and smoke it.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 18th, 2013 @ 1:15pm

    Re:

    Tom Hayes, Paul Glands, Terry Farr, James Gilmour, Michael Pieri, Mirhat Alykulov, Christopher Cecere, Luke Madsen, Mark Jones, Noel Gryan.

     

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    MikeC, Oct 18th, 2013 @ 1:16pm

    Court Stupid - WSJ borderline criminal ....

    I see a problem with the order, they are shutting the barn door after the horses were let out by the "dickheads at the WSJ" who published a story saying folks might be named. Now that they decided to just smear people on rumor and innuendo ... the court order is stupid, but the WSJ is criminal. If the names in question had been charged, no problem but that they might be charged is just rumor mongering - then again it's the WSJ a tome basically built on rumor mongering!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 18th, 2013 @ 1:28pm

    if i had caused some sort of financial problem, like robbing a bank, my name would be plastered over every front page possible. what gives these people the right to anonymity? they did far more damage than i could ever have done!
    then to threaten with prison etc, has this UK judge actually got a full ticket? they're acting as stupid as those in the USA!!

     

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    Uriel-238 (profile), Oct 18th, 2013 @ 1:28pm

    UK gone mad.

    What in Hell is going on over there? We're supposed to be the crazy ones!

    Stop it, you!

    Sincerest regards,

    The United States of America.

     

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    jameshogg (profile), Oct 18th, 2013 @ 1:30pm

    Here in the U.K., we have just seen police officers lie about "pleb" comments while the IPCC does hardly anything to chase it up.

    But yet people are still deluded into thinking that similar independent regulation set up with the press will stop phone hacking... phone hacking that the police were complicit in. There is a reason why not as much fury is aimed at the police in relation to this issue: people do not want to admit the police have an independent body that keeps them "accountable". Need I even mention Hillsborough?

    And that is on top of the even more insane delusion that it will stop tabloid readers from engaging in their sadomasochistic drivel.

    You should have seen the way in which the Guardian's commenters were defending the royal charter in the articles (royal charter... ROYAL?! Fucking monarchy strikes again!)... a charter that would have put more pressure on the paper to be silent about Snowden's leaks on top of what they did to David Miranda. Their attitude is disgraceful.

    I really do wish our society would take the values of the First Amendment as seriously as you guys in the U.S. do, and actually fucking get a Constitution.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 18th, 2013 @ 1:46pm

    And, of course, anyone who got the print version, which had already gone to press, could see the names as well
    I'm surprised there aren't policemen with bottles of white-out going door to door blotting out the names.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 18th, 2013 @ 1:51pm

    Welcome the new dictators.
    Same as the last dictators.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 18th, 2013 @ 2:35pm

    Re: Court Stupid - WSJ borderline criminal ....

    Agreed, It is bad form from press to roll named individuals in tar and feather with only rumours of a possible future trial to show for. It is very problematic for the innocent people who will inevitably be targeted! While the innocents will be able to sue the press on defamation, they will be pretty much blackballed by everyone who read the original story and even after winning such trials the doubt will still stick to them.

    The problem here is that the court orders extend also include censorship instead of only a warning about future stories.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 18th, 2013 @ 3:00pm

    All law enforcement and judicial organizations on this planet are going completely insane. Must be some kind of biological warfare agent released on the unsuspecting world.
    .

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 18th, 2013 @ 3:19pm

    First Amendment

    No, publication of names of suspects is proper *if* the article spells out that the individuals are only suspects.

    The public has a right to know the information.
    The presumption of innocence only applies to government action -- not to public discussion in newspapers.

    In other words, it sucks to be a suspect, but there is no right to avoid publicity.

     

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    roarshock44, Oct 18th, 2013 @ 3:36pm

    wait a minute.

    london interbank offered rate . . . LIBOR.

    do they really need that B?

     

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    John Fenderson (profile), Oct 18th, 2013 @ 3:39pm

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    Without that "B" it sounds too much like "liar".

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 18th, 2013 @ 4:53pm

    Hmmm, why is it not tagged "Streisand effect"?

     

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    Postulator (profile), Oct 18th, 2013 @ 7:04pm

    So Techdirt is now preparing itself for an appearance before a British magistrate, having published these names while aware that they were the subject of a restraining order?

    Presumably Techdirt's British representative, Emma Peel, will front court.

     

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    G Thompson (profile), Oct 18th, 2013 @ 9:01pm

    Re:

    I think the SAS should initiate a mission to bring Mike to UK 'justice'...an appearance in front of the Old Bailey with a few month stint in the Tower would fix him don't ya think..

    ;)

     

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    art guerrilla (profile), Oct 19th, 2013 @ 1:21am

    Re:

    getting a constitution is no big deal, KEEPING a constitution is the tricky part...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 19th, 2013 @ 1:38am

    Re: UK gone mad.

    Oh, this is nothing. If you angle things the american way, a lot of things are worse in Europe. UK has hit a spell of exceptionally bad ideas because Cameron is desperate to get back votes from a swell of flourishing right-wing parties.

     

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    Bergman (profile), Oct 19th, 2013 @ 3:13am

    Next up in the news...

    ...the WSJ is ordered by the UK courts to destroy random keyboards, mice, monitors and memory modules for no reason at all.

     

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    Anon-Y-Mouse, Oct 19th, 2013 @ 2:24pm

    Re: Re:

    Which is so prophetically accurate...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 20th, 2013 @ 8:38am

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    More Black Ink Stat [Redacted]

     

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    Pragmatic, Oct 21st, 2013 @ 5:29am

    Re: Re: UK gone mad.

    Because desperate, poor, frightened people swing right when they appear to offer leadership and a way out of the crisis.

    Please bear in mind that much of the crisis was manufactured by the far right by minimizing regulation of Wall St. and the banks in the first place and knocking holes you could drive a Hummer through in the Constitution.

    Meanwhile, the UK Conservative Party appears to be turning into the US Republican Party (Tea Party version), with predictable results.

     

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    Niall (profile), Oct 22nd, 2013 @ 5:29am

    Re: Censoring the Press

    Yes, that's why hostile sites like Faux, Free Republic and Breitbart all got shut down so fast.

     

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    Niall (profile), Oct 22nd, 2013 @ 5:31am

    Only in England and Wales

    So it doesn't even count in Scotland and Ireland. Good luck stopping that story then!

     

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