Belfast: judicial junkyard to the stars?

Here’s one that flew right under my radar, but Brendan O’Neill reports that Britney Spears took a case through the Belfast courts to get at the National Enquirer newspaper. And she’s not the only one. It seems Belfast and London are popular venues because the UK libel laws are draconian compared to those in the States:

It’s bad for those of us who live in Britain [sic] permanently. These libel tourists are helping to prop up our illiberal, antidemocratic, and “repugnant” libel laws, which are an offense to free speech and open debate. Other stars, including singers Whitney Houston and Paula Abdul, are also reportedly set to sue in Belfast.

Thanks to Christine for the heads up!

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