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Shell tried to lean on Time Magazine

By John Donovan

Our applications compelling Shell to supply us with Shell internal documents in which we are mentioned, has generated some very revealing information, especially in regards to Shell bullying and manipulating the news media.

We have previously published articles revealing Shell’s intent to “kill” a half-page story about this website that The Sunday Times was on the brink of publishing.

The story was killed.

In 2007 Shell lawyers and media specialists in the USA and Europe were frantic about thwarting our contact with Fox News. As is evident from repetitive fragmented Shell internal correspondence, Shell was panicked about the prospect of Bill O’Reilly taking up our suggestion of Americans boycotting Shell, because of its continued links with the fanatical Iranian regime.

Last summer Shell decided to remonstrate with the Financial Times just because FT.com published a link to our site.

We have now stumbled across a letter from Chris Redman, the Editor of Time Magazine, to Richard Wiseman, the then Legal Director of Shell UK Limited.

Mr Redman was seeking an apology.

Here is the content of the letter…

R.M. Wiseman
Legal Director
Shell U.K. Ltd
Shell Mex House
Strand
London WC2R ODX

Dear Mr Wiseman,

I was puzzled by your recent letter complaining about a letter to TIME from a certain Mr John Donovan.

We have done an extensive search of all our letters columns in all our editions for the last few years and can find no trace of such a letter. I can only conclude that your attention was drawn to this alleged letter by someone who had not done their homework and that you yourself had not checked the facts before writing to me. If I’m wrong please let me know. If I’m right then I think you owe me an apology.

There is no evidence that Mr Redman received an apology, though he deserved one.

Time Magazine had not published any letter from me (I am sure I would recall if it had).

What Time Magazine did do is publish my advertising/announcements of the High Court Writs I issued against Shell.

Shell was stealing so many of our ideas, that my lawyers could hardly keep up the flow of issuing Writs. Shell settled them all, but on the basis, as per normal, of hiding news of the settlements from the media and Shell stakeholders.


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