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“Libel Tourism”: The Chilling Effect on Free Speech

Freedom House and ARTICLE 19 invite you to attend a press conference and discussion on

“Libel Tourism”: The Chilling Effect on Free Speech

“Libel tourism” – the practice of filing lawsuits in another country with more restrictive libel laws in order to discourage free speech – is an increasingly common legal weapon. U.K. libel laws have become a tool of choice for a variety of powerful claimants, who have discovered the chilling effect these laws can have on reporters, authors and publishers within the U.K., and beyond its borders. The panel will examine the growing threat to the free exchange of ideas posed by “libel tourism.”

The discussion on Libel Tourism will be preceded by a
presentation of Freedom House’s
annual global findings on media freedom


Mr Peter Ackerman | talks
Christopher Walker | talks
Speaker: Nick Cohen | talks | www
Respondent: Gavin Millar | talks


Date and Time:

2 May 2008 at 1:30 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



Foreign Press Association
11 Carlton House Terrace
+44 (0)20 7930 0445
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