The Sunday Times on libel tourism
Media focuses on defamation
08 Jun 09

Yesterday’s Sunday Times carried a good piece on US legislators’ attempts to bring in laws to counteract English libel laws. Index on Censorship editor Jo Glanville contributed this:

“The reports NGOs (write) take many months, even years, to put together and rely on anonymous sources who fear for their lives.”

“By contrast, many of these libel tourism claims are not about disputing factual errors, they are really about shutting up critics who have exposed serious abuses.”

Read the rest here

And the Daily Mail here

By Padraig Reidy

Padraig Reidy is the editor of Little Atoms and a columnist for Index on Censorship. He has also written for The Observer, The Guardian, and The Irish Times.