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Read all about Amanda Knox – except in neurotic Britain

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Read all about Amanda Knox – except in neurotic Britain

Post by Guest on Sat 4 May - 21:10

Will move this in a while but very interesting little article........

Read all about Amanda Knox – except in neurotic Britain

Fear of libel action stopped UK publication of Amanda Knox's memoir – and shows again how little we care about free speech


Nick Cohen
The Observer, Saturday 4 May 2013 17.28 BST


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Maybe publishers are cowards. If they had the courage to fight the censors in courts, perhaps they could use the new law to advance the public's right to read without restrictions.


[further on]

You would never know it but the British have legal protections for free speech. Article 10 of the Human Rights Act states: "Everyone has the right of freedom of expression. This right shall include freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart information and ideas without interference by public authority…"
The reason why you've never heard of Article 10 is that the judges never enforce it. They have created a vast law of privacy but done nothing to enhance our rights to speak, argue and investigate or, indeed, to protect the rights we once had.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/may/04/british-book-bans-libel-threat

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Re: Read all about Amanda Knox – except in neurotic Britain

Post by ShuBob on Sat 4 May - 21:16

Wish Cohen had written that about The Truth of the Lie

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