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Issue 161, Friday 3rd April 1998
DON'T JUST READ ABOUT IT. DO IT!
JAILED EDITORS FREED! * BRAKES PUT ON CORPORATE GREED!
"I'm delighted with their release. Their imprisonment was
disgraceful in the first place. But I find it very curious it has passed yet
again without comment from our mainstream media."
Vidal-Hall, Deputy Editor, Index On Censorship
In the week that The Sun began a national campaign to free the
fictional Weatherfield One - Coronation Street's Dierdre - a conspiratorial
silence greeted the sensational release of three UK editors jailed last
High Court Appeal Judge, Mr Justice Smedley, shocked a court on Friday by
signing the papers for their immediate release - effectively undermining the
original ruling - just four months into their three year sentence.
At lunchtime on Friday Saxon Wood, Noel Molland & Steve Booth, the 'GAndALF
3', were told they could pack their bags and were free to go. Their lawyers had
simply put in a standard bail application to push for a (still unknown) appeal
The journalists, branded 'terrorists', had been jailed for reporting the facts
of direct action protests. Although the three maintain they didn't even know
each other, they were found guilty of "conspiring to incite persons unknown" on
unspecified dates over a five year period to commit unspecified criminal
damage. Hello, Orwell?
This clear case of denial of free speech was not lost on Index on Censorship
which reprints samples of the 'offending' copy, from the radical journal Green
Anarchist (GA) and the Animal Liberation Front (ALF) supporters newsletter, on
The move has led to hope that their convictions may be quashed, but that will
have to wait for the appeal, and even possibel retrial. In the meantime, the
trial on the same charges of the main target Robin Webb (ALF's press officer) -
with possibly Paul Rogers - is going ahead, starting on 27th April at
Portsmouth Crown Court. The whole saga has so far cost the taxpayer over
Steve Booth told SchNEWS: "When I was told I could go the
lads in the cells were cheering. People inside have a defeatest attutude - but
this time it was like "Yes! You've fought the system!". I'm completely shocked
and stunned by the whole thing. The guard said he'd never heard of this
happening before. We've heard a rumour that the reason we've been let out was
that Amnesty in the US was about to list us as political prisoners.
"I went into prison with bar of soap, biro and toothpaste. I came out with
four huge binbags of letters and books!"
"They've not heard the last from me - jail is no deterent. Don't do it
folks! The next Lancaster Bomber, Issue 20, will be out as soon as I can do it!
Saxon Wood told SchNEWS: "I think it had become too much
of a hot potato - so thanks to SchNEWS and everyone who supported me. I'm
writing lots of thankyou notes - if anyone needs a spare organ they can have
one of mine!"
Noel Molland told SchNEWS: "If they uphold the conviction on appeal we
could go back inside. The whole freedom of speech and implied conspiracy is
crazy. Maybe our release is the whole case starting to unravel and hopefully
Robin will walk."
- Some of the freed men will now join the Liberation Tour, a speaking tour of
the two outstanding defendants, Paul & Robin, from April 6th-17th. Call
- A demo will take place outside the court on the first day of the trial: Mon
27 Apr @ 10am, Winston Churchill Plaza.
- London Gandalf Support Campaign meets on April 28th @ 7pm, Conway Hall.
coverage of the GAndALF case, see the SchNEWS website (address above).
- The most infamous case involving the underground press were the Oz
trails. This week marks 25 years since their first issue - Happy Anniversary
- HOORAY! Congrats to everyone.
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Office that sends job details out to schools and colleges.
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Activists campaigning against the Multilateral Agreement on Investment
141) were celebrating this week, as the Chairman of the Negotiating Group
Franz Engering said that the agreement would not now be signed on April 27th
as planned. This could mean up to a year's delay for negotiations, and gives
everyone plenty more time to expose what has been described as the crudest form
of globalisation yet.
The treaty would give multinationals the right to sue countries which refused
their investment, regardless of domestic law on labour rights and the
Lack of flexibility by the US was cited as one of the main
obstacles, but public awareness campaigns forced a constiutional issue across
the world from New Zealand to Canada, but not the charter-less UK where
Margaret Beckett backed the monster free trade treaty and the press stayed
silent. This is despite the 29 richest countries boasting that they were
"writing the constitution of a single global economy".
However, this is a bit of a red herring - with even Engering admitting whether
or not the MAI gets the green light, the pressure by multinationals for a
MAI-like investment treaty will remain.
- World Development Movement 25 Beehive Pl London SW9 7QR 0171 737
- Corporate Europe Observatory E-mail:
- RECLAIM EUROPE! CARDIFF, JUNE 14-16 1998 Info: 0171 272 9333
Faslane Peace Camp are back in court next Monday (6th) thanks to their
solicitors arguing that some of the caravans have been their so long they now
count as homes (instead of what...doughnuts?).
The camp, which has been stationed outside the Trident nuclear base for the
past 16 years was expecting eviction from April 1st before the loophole was
discovered. Fools! The whole of the UK's nuclear arsenal is now stationed
there, despite 83% of Scots opposed to Trident! The local authority Argull and
Bute are currently closing schools and cutting jobs and services because of
budget problems - but can still apparently find the £400,000 estimated to
evict the camp. Get up there now - directions and info ring
01436 820 901
- People in Lancaster have been demonstrating every Friday about nuclear
waste trains going though their town on its way to Hesham power station, asking
'what would happen if a train had an accident?' Guess what happened last
week...Yep, a nuclear waste train fell off the tracks. More info BookCellers:
01524 849 313
Acme Tat Suppliers of Leeds can supply activists with their
every needs. Their catalogue includes: 10mm Alloy Maillon Rapide lock gate
£4.50; a Petzl Zoom Head torch £19.50; Wire cutters-folding, heavy
duty & pocket sized £5.00; Operation Solstice - The Battle of the
Beanfield £10.00; EcoDefense - a Field Guide to Monkey-wrenching
£9.50 and 100s of other useful campaign stuff. Get a catalogue from Box R,
Cornerstone Resource Centre 16 Sholebroke Avenue, Chapeltown LEEDS LS7 3HB Tel:
0113 2629365 E-mail:
An awesome list of who to find on UK scanning frequencies can
be found at
Tune into the Formula One Racing Ligier Team Voice Link, 457.3125, or
check the vodka party aboard Space Soviet Mir Space Station, 142.4000. Disrupt
studio production with some obscenities on the Thames TV Production Talkback
channel 86.8250. Of course you can also pick up the internal chat of all
police, army and airforces countrywide - like 78.0250 RAF Greenham Common USAF
Security Foot Patrols , 76.5000 Ruislip MOD Police and 30.5000 London US
Embassy Security - but that'd be illegal. This info is for fun only. Really
The release of the GANDALF 3 is important to SchNEWS. It sends a signal that
the underground press cannot be silenced, and shows why the underground press
is so important. (We were the first to report on the trial, the jailing and the
release of the three UK editors). It's a strong reason why we should continue.
But we can't without your help. We are victims of our own success and
we need office help before we drown in news! Even if you can only spend an hour
a week (we can train you), writing & phoning it'd save some poor scribes
from an early grave. Thanks. That's all. You can read the funny bits now.
A Chronology of Injustice published by 'Legal Action for
Women' (£4.00 ISBN 0 9517775 7 2) records the events that led up to
Winston Silcott's stitch-up for the murder of P.C. Blakelock in the Tottenham
riot "From the age of 14 the police started on Winston, for riding a bike
without lights - from that day on they never stopped". Winston's mother.
The book is available from L.A.W. Crossroads Womans Centre PO Box 287, London
NW6 5QU 0171 482 2496.
- 'Cause For Concern' is a new book detailing corruption,
stupidity and injustice in the courts. For a copy send £4 to N Scarth, c/o
Gledhow Park Ave, Leeds, LS7 4JL (Tel/Fax: 0113 2620449)
- Everyone arrested during the Dead Woman's Bottom
151) have had their charges dropped. Could it be, as lawyers believe,
because the eviction contravened articles 6 &8 of the European Convention
on Human Rights? Campaign continues with a walk to the Home Office. Contact:
01749 880 114
- Congrats! The second of the Manchester airport cake hole
babies has been born to pink Lizz. Ysobel Harmony was 17 days late
(the same length of time the tunnel lasted for) and at the last moment she
'locked on' by wrapping the cord round her neck!
- Two more animal rights activists have been arrested under the
Anti-Stalking-law during a candle-lit vigil at Cornyhaugh Mink
159). The magistrates then imposed bail conditions including home residence
and a 7.30pm-7.00am curfew!
- This years Sex Maniac's Ball is on Thursday 9th April at the
Powerhouse, Waterden Rd., London E15. It's pretty expensive and dress code is
Spanish, fetish or sluttish. If interested ring 0171 460 0044. They are now
online as well:
The Greenwich Green Party are having a meeting about the Millenium
Dome on 7th April at Charlton House, Charlton Village, London SE7 7pm
0181 850 4187
- Check out Infonet, now on its seventh issue with articles on
things like, 'how protests hit company shares' and a 2 year hemp printed
calendar. They're looking for contributors. PO Box 9228 London NW10 5WB
- London Greenpeace are at it again. They have produced a
leaflet called 'What's wrong with the Body Shop?' which points
out that promotion of cosmetics etc. is unethical and that even claims made
about animal rights and vegetable ingredients are seriously overrated. For a
copy of the leaflet and a big bumpf of anarchist info send an A4 sae with a 31p
stamp to: 5 Caledonian Road, London N1
- London-based group "People Like Us" have done a nice little booklet about the
anti-conscription movement in Spain. It gives an account of the movement's
actions and victories (yes indeed!) over the past few years, focusing in
particular on the Insumision Total way of changing the world as the
movement goes further than just fighting conscription, but building up a
culture of resistance. An inspiring read, it costs £2 from BCM People
Like Us Publications, London WC1N 3XX
- Don't forget SchNEWSnight @ The Lift, Queen's Rd this
Saturday (4th). Music from Kyra's Tortoise. Buy Saxon a pint (& meet the
Zombie Chef?!) £1 B4 9pm £3/2 after.
The Hillingdon Hospital workers who were sacked over two and a half years ago
for refusing to take a £40 week wage cut (SchNEWS
136) are organising a lobby outside Granada Headquarters, Golden Square, W1
Wednesday April 8th 12 noon - 2pm. Granada have now taken over the contract at
the hospital and are advertising the women's old jobs despite Granada's
Stephanie Monk being on the Low Pay Comission! The women recently won their
appeal tribunal for full re-instatement, but the hospital are appealing the
appeal! They have refused to be bought off for £6,000 a striker, and have
led the struggle against low pay.
They are desperate for donations, send to c/o 27 Townsend Way, Northwood,
Middx, HA6 1TG Tel: 0956 135311
In a very unusual move Channel 4 are going to make a TV apology about the
Against Nature series, which amongst other things accused the
environmental movement of being like the Third Reich! The Independent
Television Comission condemned the series as distorted and misleading. Peter
Melchett from Greenpeace said "I have never experienced in more than 20
years, a TV interview in which I said one thing, then had it cut to make it
seem as if I had said something else. The programmes were inaccurate,
Another protest camp has been set up outside Huntingdon Death
Sciences, that nice firm that gets by paid by other cosmetic and medical
companies to vivisect monkeys, cats, dogs, rodents etc. The Camp for
Justice is the fourth one outside Huntingdon, and was set up on the one
year anniversary of the showing of C4's 'Its a dogs life'. The
programme caused the companies share price to drop dramatically, and
campaigners are hoping the camp will help to act as another nail in the coffin.
This week in the US Huntingdon have been fined for violating animal welfare
laws. HDSC PO Box 325, Cambridge, CB1 2UF 0589 026 435
Exodus, the Luton based party crew have bought Long Meadow
farm for £150,000. They now have 42 people living on the commune and intend
to work towards self commune anmd intend to work towards self sufficiency
over the next year.
Brighton's Innerfield soundsystem have finally got their
rig and records back after the New Years Eve party - so a great big thank you
'Is your tap water veggie?' asks animal rights magazine ARCNEWS.
Apparently Yorkshire Water have started to use animal bones to filter their
water. So far around 1,750 homes are getting the meaty aqua and ARCNEWS advises
its readers "anyone living in the above named areas should not use tap
water if they are veggie." Pardon us for being ignorant, but SchNEWS would
like to know just how much it would cost to have a regular bath in Perrier
The SchNEWS warns all readers not to attend any illegal gatherings or take
part in any criminal activities. Always stay within the law. In fact please
just sit in, watch TV and go on endless shopping sprees, filling your house and
lives with endless consumer crap. Then you will feel content. Honest.
SchNEWS training day: 15th April. Ring the office to
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