British Deputy Prime Minister Speaks Out Against Law That Intimidates Free Speech

Apr 05, 11

In a speech earlier this month, British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg vowed to change the country’s libel law because he declared it is “simply not right when academics and journalists are effectively bullied into silence.” Clegg noted that the current system, which results in libel tourism, or plaintiffs filing suit in British courts merely to take advantage of the law, has become “a farce – and an international embarrassment.” This past summer, Congress passed the SPEECH Act which prohibits US Courts from enforcing foreign judgments which are the product of libel tourism. For more information click here.

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