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ITN has come under fire from liberals for its libel suit against the tiny magazine LM. But LM is not all it seems

By George Monbiot   November 1998

Britain’s libel laws are unfair. Intended to protect the individual, they are routinely used by large corporations to discourage their critics. Confronted with the best QCs money can buy and the prospect of ruinous costs and damages, the defendants almost always back down, whether or not they believe their cause to be just. The result is that a significant arena of public life has been placed beyond the bounds of free speech.

A few courageous souls with little to lose have withstood the corporate assault and allowed their cases to proceed to court. Today the undisputed heroes of free speech…

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