Tourist Trap

Friday, February 26, 2010


Last Wednesday, a committee of British lawmakers met to discuss reforming the country's libel laws. As it currently stands, libel law is so friendly to plaintiffs there that foreigners frequently visit just to sue other foreigners in British court. John Kampfner, head of Index on Censorship, talks about how British libel law got to be so bad and what the proposed reforms might accomplish.

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Comments [3]

Rory Johnston from Hollywood CA

The attempt to gag reporting of the Parliamentary question on toxic waste dumping was in fact dropped the same day. It is strange that it was ever initiated, because it has long been the law in England that newspaper reports of proceedings in Parliament are privileged, and therefore cannot be the subject of libel suits.

Mar. 04 2010 10:57 PM

you scary britain!

Feb. 28 2010 04:07 PM
Dr Howard Fredrics from USA

The situation is even worse than Mr Kampfner suggests. Not only is there a problem with libel tourism and UK libel laws, but anti-harassment laws are now being subverted to prevent criticism of public officials and institutions. Indeed, I was prosecuted and convicted of harassment for having operated a website that exposes proven facts about a UK higher education institution and its officials. ( This means that it is now illegal to publicly expose wrongdoing if it might cause the perpetrators to feel embarrassed. Freedom of speech in the public interest is now effectively dead in the UK.

Feb. 28 2010 12:26 PM

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