Thursday, November 10, 2011

#McCann : #Amazon Libel Actions Over Book Review

This article, oddly enough ,does not involve the McCanns who are totally against free speech when it comes to their unproven thesis of abduction which they claim as fact ! On a more serious note England's drachonian libel laws could result in father of three Vaughn Jones losing his home if charges are proven and he loses the case brought against him. 


Libel reform campaigners have expressed concern that the hearing is another example of how Britain’s defamation laws disproportionately favour claimants, closing down debate particularly among individuals and organisations who cannot afford costly legal battles. The Government is currently in the process of reforming Britain’s libel laws which have been described as some of the most restrictive in the western world.

John Kampfner, the Chief Executive of Index on Censorship, one of the founding partners of the Libel Reform Campaign, said: “That a family man from Nuneaton can face a potentially ruinous libel action for a book review on Amazon shows how archaic and expensive our libel law is. We’re pushing the government to commit to a bill in the next Queen’s speech so that these chilling laws are reformed to protect freedom of expression.”