Friday, October 5, 2012

Why is Chevron trying to intimidate journalists? And why is Google helping them?

The FAIR radio program (Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting) reported this today:

"Chevron is going to great lengths to silence journalists reporting on its dealings in Ecuador. The latest maneuver is subpoenaing private email accounts. Is that even legal? And what's the story Chevron doesn't want told? We'll hear it from Graham Erion, legal counsel to the Rainforest Communities in Ecuador." To listen to the program, click here

Also, Blogger Jeremy Bloom of Red Green & Blue writes about Google's cooperation with Chevron's "fishing expedition" into people's personal emails to intimidate and harass them for supporting and, in many instances, just inquiring about the $19 billion judgment against the oil giant for massive oil contamination in the Ecuadorian rainforest.

Bloom writes:  "It’s been more than a year since Chevron lost a landmark lawsuit saying they had to compensate Amazon rainforest natives they poisoned. But instead of doing the right thing and paying to clean up their mess, Chevron is acting like a six-year-old, stomping its feet and saying “I won’t, it’s not my fault, it’s YOUR fault!”. Now, they’re trying to intimidate journalists who report on their tantrum. Red Green & Blue  

"The latest: Going on a fishing expedition against 44 assorted enemies via subpoenas to Google, Yahoo and Microsoft demanding vague personal information. And Google, at least, is cooperating."

Read more of his blog here

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