Sep
01
2001

Will British Libel Laws Rule Cyberspace?

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

British 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 against Guardian Newspapers UK, was […]