Cairn Energy has gone to court against    Greenpeace again. This time it won a wide-  ranging injunction to gag us by stopping the  posting, Tweeting and Facebook publishing  of photos from the action Monday against  the oil company.

It is another sign that Cairn wants to hide the truth about its drilling for oil in the fragile Arctic.

On Monday, 60 activists, about half dressed as polar bears, occupied Cairn’s headquarters in Edinburgh to try to find the oil spill emergency plan the company is keeping secret.

The injunction requires Greenpeace to remove Tweets and Facebook updates that use pictures of the protest. Greenpeace must also retract photos issued to national newspapers.

The injunction also demands that we remove our Tweets and Facebook updates carrying pictures of protesters dressed as polar bears.

The gag specifically prohibits "disseminating, printing, uploading, sharing, copying or otherwise publishing any images, photographs, pictures or other material (or copies thereof) taken or recorded by Greenpeace activists present within 50 Lothian Road, Edinburgh on or around 18 July 2011." (Lothian Road is the location of Cairn headquarters.)

Cairn appears to be worried Greenpeace volunteers found the secret Arctic oil spill response plan. This court order is apparently aimed at preventing its publication.

The Cairn cover up has expanded. It’s not just at the expense of the Arctic and the environment; it now is at the expense of freedom of expression.

Greenpeace is deleting photos but will keep campaigning to protect the Arctic from reckless corporations who see the melting of the polar ice as a business opportunity.

The Guardian in the UK is reporting that the gag order may have backfired on Cairn. The Guardian says hundreds of people broke the court order on behalf of Greenpeace.

For the full article in the Guardian and the legal issues around breaking the injunction go here: