Usually bad things are not as bad as they are portrayed on blogs. Blogs tend to exaggerate, because otherwise no one would read them. Plus, if blogs didn't exaggerate, dead tree journalists would have nothing to feel superior about as they made soup out of catsup and hot water.
However, despite occasional signs of improvement, English libel law is every bit as bad (censorious, unjust, and chilling) as blogs (including ours) have been suggesting. Don't believe me? Check out this infuriating article by First Amendment scholar Floyd Abrams over at Index on Censorship. Abrams reports that plaintiffs win 90% of libel suits in English courts, an astounding figure. Read it.
Last 5 posts by Ken White
- Hate Speech Debate on More Perfect Live - September 5th, 2017
- Popehat Goes To The Opera: Un ballo in maschera - August 19th, 2017
- Department of Justice Uses Search Warrant To Get Data On Visitors to Anti-Trump Site - August 14th, 2017
- America At The End of All Hypotheticals - August 14th, 2017
- Lawsplainer: Why John Oliver Is Anti-Diversity Now - August 11th, 2017