Discussing Libel Tourism Tonight on Fausta's Blog Talk Radio
I'll be taking part in a discussion tonight, September 26th at 6pm (PST), on Fausta's Blog Talk Radio regarding the subject of libel tourism, the practice by which authors are sued for libel in countries other than where they reside. Along with blogger and Pajamas Media editor Fausta, the podcast will include fellow blogger Siggy, and Dr. Rachel Ehrenfeld, author of Funding Evil: How Terrorism is Financed and How to Stop It and herself a target of libel tourism.
As I indicated in an August SFGate column titled, "Libel Tourism: Where Terrorism and Censorship Meet," American journalists and academics investigating international terrorism funding have been finding themselves on the receiving end of libel suits originating in the UK, where libel laws tend to favor the plaintiff. The end result, in some cases, has been the effective censorship of their work.
Campus Watch, for whom I'm the Northern California Representative, has been following the case of Alms for Jihad, a book co-written by UC Santa Barbara history professor Peter O. Collins and former State Department analyst J. Millard Burr. Alms for Jihad was the target of a threatened libel suit in the UK brought by Saudi billionaire Khalid bin Mahfouz, which resulted in the publisher, Cambridge University Press, agreeing to retract its publication, destroy all unsold copies, and issue a public apology. Developments in the case continue as we speak.
Getting to the heart of terrorist financing is crucial to winning the battle against Islamic extremism. As such, libel tourism is a worthy topic indeed. Listen in tonight or catch the podcast in Fausta's archives.
Update: The podcast is now available here.