Libel: US media consider abandoning Britain
Padraig Reidy: Top American publishers have highlighted the absurdity of English libel laws.
09 Nov 09

It really has got this bad. Several American publishers have told the Parliamentary Culture, Media and Sport committee that they’re considering withdrawing their publications from sale in the United Kingdom, as they fear becoming subject to libel proceedings in London.

We’re talking the New Yorker, US Vogue, the New York Times, Vanity Fair and others. Serious publications, with serious financial clout, all fast approaching the conclusion that our libel laws make it more trouble than its worth to publish in England.

Something’s got to give.

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.