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"Oil giant Royal Dutch Shell has agreed to pay $15.5m to settle a lawsuit accusing the firm of complicity in the executions of nine human rights activists in Nigeria.

The agreement came on Monday as the 13-year-long dispute was due to go to trial in a US district court in New York."

http://english.aljazeera.net/news/americas...4238518957.html

"The lawsuit alleged that Shell colluded with Nigeria's then-government in a crackdown against environmental and human rights activists in the Niger Delta.

It accused Shell of helping the military government capture and hang Ken Saro-Wiwa, a well-known rights activist, and eight other protesters on November 10, 1995.

The settlement brings an end to a 13-year dispute that was due to go to trial in a US district court in New York."

http://english.aljazeera.net/news/americas...5105760154.html

Strange. Nothing about it on the BBC News Website.

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Strange. Nothing about it on the BBC News Website.

Funny that isn't it? Maybe they just forgot. ;)

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Strange. Nothing about it on the BBC News Website.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/8090493.stm

http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/africa/2...asarowiwa.shtml

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/8091474.stm

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/8090822.stm

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/8091104.stm

They've been covering the case on Radio 4 for literally years.

Its been about the only place that has covered it btw.

In fact I think six Edit: theres a have you say as well (or more didn't look further) stories on the same topic on the same day might be said to be a little excessive.

I'm sure someone else would claim this is liberal-marxists gleefully attacking a hard-working corporation that employs thousands of people and pays vast amounts in taxes, yadda yadda. Can they win?

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Nothing on the frontpage, nor in the Africa section, which is what I meant.

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Nothing on the frontpage, nor in the Africa section, which is what I meant.

They are in the Africa section.

Top story in "Other top stories" and

"Features, views and analysis" ("Does peace pay?" with a picture of an oil pipeline)

I'd be interested to know why you thought the BBC wouldn't cover it though.

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Nothing on the frontpage.

This is the key point. The most sophisticated propaganda mentions things only in passing so as to give the impression that the news is being covered fairly.

For example, in Chomsky's "manufacturing consent", he found that the 1 polish priest murdered by the Soviet client received over 1000 column inches & 10 frontpage articles in the New York Times.

Whereas 100 religious people killed by American clients (including 4 U.S. nuns) received only 600 column inches & only 8 frontpage articles between them, including the very famous Oscar Romero.

The 1 polish priest received 23 evening News slots on CBS & the 100 victims killed by US proxies received 16 slots on CBS between them.

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Blimey. When Christian Bale said in American Psycho he worked in 'Murders and Executions' I thought he was being sardonic.

It isn't just Shell. Unfortunately I can't remember the details and don't want to get sued off the face of the earth for guessing (one was deffo Mobil though) but there are several pending/ongoing court cases against various oil corporations using the same bit of 'legacy' legislation in US courts.

Smart money is the oil companies will ask for reform of 'archaic laws' shortly ;)

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They are in the Africa section.

Top story in "Other top stories" and

"Features, views and analysis" ("Does peace pay?" with a picture of an oil pipeline)

I'd be interested to know why you thought the BBC wouldn't cover it though.

Yes, I have since found it in the Africa section.

They managed to keep the word 'Shell' out of the title of the headline, that's how it eluded me.

Hmmm, now I wonder why they kept Shell's name out of the title of a headline about Shell having to pay blood money to keep themselves out of court.

It's still not on the main frontpage where it should be.

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Yes, I have since found it in the Africa section.

They managed to keep the word 'Shell' out of the title of the headline, that's how it eluded me.

Hmmm, now I wonder why they kept Shell's name out of the title of a headline about Shell having to pay blood money to keep themselves out of court.

It's still not on the main frontpage where it should be.

Yes. Should be on the tv as well!

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