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Libel Tourism

Freedom House's Christopher Walker has an interesting piece in the "IHT" on the growing trend of libel tourism:

How are a few extraordinarily wealthy individuals from the most senior ranks of the world's most brutally repressive societies succeeding in muzzling free speech on major international issues? The unlikely answer is, simply, by "visiting" London.

In a dangerous twist of globalization, these litigants are taking the illiberal standards of environments hostile to free expression and projecting them into those countries that permit free and open inquiry.

And more disturbing is that the preferred tool they are using to stifle the work of investigative journalists, researchers and publishers is English law.

-- Luke Allnutt

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