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Legal firm Ashurst threatening Australian nuclear/uranium critic. Ashurst replies.

Among other things, the Ashurst letter accused the anti-nuclear campaigner of imputing that Mr Walker was ‘’insensitive’’.

civil-liberty-2smIn any case, these kinds of threats to muzzle free speech are on the rise. At a time when the mainstream media is under pressure from falling revenues, lawyers are threatening and shutting down websites around the country at an alarming clip.

flag-AustraliaAnti-nuke campaigner braces for legal blast, The Age, December 19, 2012 Michael West Ashurst is at it again.
Acting on instructions from its clients, the big law firm last month was threatening a farmer who had the hide to express his opinion on electricity prices.  This month it has been instructed to threaten a 75-year old pensioner who has spoken out against the alleged exploitation of African workers by an Australian uranium miner.

Noel Christina Macpherson Wauchope, who runs the website www.antinuclear.net under the name Christina Macpherson, told BusinessDay she was not in a position to hire lawyers.

“I think they must have thought AntiNuclear Australia was a big organisation, but it is just me,” she said. She was particularly worried that the letter of demand said “STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL NOT TO BE PUBLISHED” until we explained that there was no legal basis for expecting confidentiality from somebody who simply bobbed out of the blue with a bunch of threats and told you to keep quiet about it.

If you already had some kind of confidential or contractual arrangement with the other party, it might be different…… The price of Noel Wauchope’s concern for the people Karonga was a long and intimidating letter of demand from Ashurst on behalf of the uranium company Paladin Energy and its general manager of international affairs, Greg Walker. If she did not comply with these demands, warned Ashurst, she would face court action.
Curiously, big companies with more than 10 employees are not permitted to sue for defamation yet the concerns notice sent to Noel Wauchope complains about defamation of Paladin.
The Ashurst defamation partner responsible for the letter was unavailable for comment. and did not respond to questions. Neither did Ashurst’s public relations department. Paladin chief executive John Borshoff said he was unaware of the
letter. “I’m not aware about a 75-year old lady,” said Borshoff, “All I know is that these NGOs (Non-Government Organisations) and they are
absolutely maligning us, and we sent them legal letters”.
Neither was Borshoff aware that Paladin was unable to sue for defamation……
Among other things, the Ashurst letter accused the anti-nuclear campaigner of imputing that Mr Walker was ‘’insensitive’’.
In any case, these kinds of threats to muzzle free speech are on the rise. At a time when the mainstream media is under pressure from falling revenues, lawyers are threatening and shutting down websites around the country at an alarming clip.Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/business/antinuke-campaigner-braces-for-legal-blast-20121219-2bm74.html#ixzz2FeGIYe9h

 

logo-Ashurst27 August 2013

Dear Ms Wauchope

Thank you for giving me ths opportunity to respond to the article which you have posted on your websites. I trust that you will post this letter with equal prominence. Fairfax is no longer publishing it, has accepted that I and Ashurst acted ethically and competently at all times, and has withdrawn and apologised for the suggestions in the article to the contrary.

Your article contains  a number of errors and says  anumber of false and damaging things about me. In particular, when I sent you the letter on 10th December 2012, I had no way of knowing who you were, as we were sending it to you as a domain name registrant. Your site appeared to be published by an organisation. Further, I at all times acted in accordance wit proper legal practise, and my professional obligations to my client.

I hope that you will rethink your decision to continue to publish incorrect and harmful allegations about me.

Kind regards

Ashurst lawyer

Editor’s note:  I don’t understand why Fairfax  withdrew the article from their online publication, as I thought that the article was true.  I understand that the journalist who wrote that article stands by the story and has not accepted the claims made by Ashurst.  I am posting below , the article in question, published earlier on this website.

September 2, 2013 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA, civil liberties

5 Comments »

  1. Keep kicking butt, the poor little uranium companies are such cry babies!

    I wonder if they will come after me and Virginia Against Uranium Mining and Nuclear Free Virginia since I cut and paste the truth!

    Thanks for your great drawings and your great Web Site!

    Happy Holidays,

    Deborah Dix

    On Fri, Dec 21, 2012 at 9:56 PM, nuclear-news

    Comment by eiinva | December 23, 2012 | Reply

  2. Reblogged this on nuclear-news and commented:

    This web-site is under attack! Paladin have set Ashursts Australia on Christina, the owner of this blog and antinuclear.net has been asked to remove an article.. Paladin have succesfully “cleansed” the main stream media companies web-sites off their web-sites..there is a propaganda war going on as well as a number of military ones.. At least the “war for resources” is no longer being denied.. its just not being discussed at all!
    The PR companies are working at full tilt to smooth the situation over.
    Thank you Christina for your dedication and compassion in helping to protect the Earth and its inhabitants from the VERY greedy and ignorant profiteers ..
    Sean Arclight

    Comment by arclight2011 | January 18, 2013 | Reply

  3. Ashurst own web site stated their anti nuclear stance.. i will support them…. 🙂 LOL!!

    Comment by arclight2011part2 | September 1, 2013 | Reply


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