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Oct 14 2009   12:21PM GMT

Bloggers mob libel lawyers, restore free speech

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Just as starlings can mob predators like hawks, so too Twitterers and bloggers managed to drive off newspaper editors’ most feared predator, libel specialist solicitors Carter Ruck.

Carter Ruck had stopped the Guardian from publishing a report about a parliamentary question. Normally, newspapers are allowed to publish all parliament’s business.

Carter Ruck withdrew its opposition after the blogosphere rose up in the Guardian’s defence, published the documents at the heart of the issue on Wikileaks, and parliament went on with its work.

Downtime now awaits a blog attack on Downing Street over its cancellation of the Serious Fraud Office’s investigation of BAE Systems’ Al-Yamamah deal.

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