Sep 01 2001

Will British Libel Laws Rule Cyberspace?

Bush-backing mining co. muzzle's reporter's website

Bush-backing mining co. muzzle’s reporter’s websiteBritish libel law is called that, you’d think, because it applies in Britain. When it comes to libel, the U.K. is about the most plain­tiff-friendly country in the world. British citizens enjoy no guaranteed freedom to write, to speak, let alone to publish. It’s a free speech-free zone. But U.S. citizens escaped all that when they hammered out the First Amendment, right? It may be time to think again. A Canadian firm has managed to use British law to shut down part of a U.S.-based website. The suit, which pit­ted Barrick Gold and Goldstrike Mines […]