Thursday, October 11, 2007

New York Times Oped by Deborah Lipstadt and Michael Broyde on Libel Tourism

See today's New York Times for an oped by me and Michale Broyde, my colleague from Emory Law School, on Libel Tourism, the attempt by Saudi bizillionaire Ibn Mafouz to stop anyone from publishing anything linking him to terrorism.

He is exerting a chill of unbelievable proportions and must be stopped. Where are the voices of outrage from my university colleagues? They seem to take Saudi efforts to silence those who criticize them in stride. Wonder if Mr. Walt and Mr. Mearsheimer are going to write about this... doubt it.

3 comments:

Blogger said...

"In 2004, Khalid bin Mahfouz, a billionaire Saudi businessman, took action against Rachel Ehrenfeld, an American author whose book 'Funding Evil: How Terrorism Is Financed and How to Stop It'....and in 2005 won a default judgment ordering her to apologize, destroy all copies of the book and pay the sheik roughly $230,000 in damages."

I am glad to hear that Britan has decent laws that can held people accountable when they use "free speech" as a tool to spread lies. I am happy she had to pay $230,000 in damages, and even happier to learn that she had to apologize for lies.

Gershom Martin said...

"Down the memory hole" went the book. Somewhere, George Orwell is spinning in his grave. Then again, the lunacy of today's pseudo-progressives must have gotten him up to 3000 rpm already...

hockey hound said...

Perhaps Blogger will tell us all about the Saudi media's Holocaust denial. Saudi Arabia needs the example of Western justice, Blogger?