Scary libel stories…

Simon McGarr says that one way of silencing blogs is to apply to your server’s host to get them to shut you down. But he also notes that making a claim in public that you have libelled someone is libel itself. If you are served with papers, you have to respond. Once someone takes an action against you, you have to fight it. Although he also quotes the McLibel case which established a UK precedent for people charged with libel to get civil legal aid. See also Simon’s piece on the possible implications of the new defamation bill.

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