Free Speech and Libel Toursim

Loose Sallies—Essays by Daniel Kornstein*

Friday, June 20th, 2014

The title of this superb new collection of 44 essays, “Loose Sallies,” led me to believe that Daniel J. Kornstein—a highly regarded attorney who has written several books and articles on the law and its relationship to literature—had decided to try his hand at fiction. But an opening note advises... ...

Free Speech Champion

Saturday, April 5th, 2014

Mark Steyn could have not chosen a better lawyer to represent him than New York super lawyer Daniel Kornstein. I witnessed Dan’s ability to “think under fire” (also the title of one of his many books), to think creatively, and to apply his legal acumen and virtuosity as he challenged a decision... ...

Islamic Law and Saudi Law in American Courts

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

 “…Even if those ordered to testify sincerely believe that Islamic law forbids their testimony, they will lose, just as those who sincerely believe that Jewish law forbids their testimony will lose.” Eugene Volokh From Standard Chartered Bank v. Ahmad Hamad AL Gosaibi and Bros. Co., 2014 WL 96219 (N.Y. trial ct. Jan.... ...

Our Impact: SPEECH Act Defendant Gets $48,000 In Attorneys’ Fees

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

The SPEECH Act combats libel tourism, the process of trying to enforce an international defamation ruling in the United States if the ruling isn’t consistent with U.S. law. The leading SPEECH Act case is Trout Point Lodge Ltd. v. Handshoe. In that case, Nova Scotia residents got a defamation judgment in... ...

A Press Shield Law’s Strange Bedfellows

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

Luckily, previous ‘Free Flow of Information’ bills went nowhere. But a new one is picking up steam. Why? Anyone looking for proof that bad policy begets more bad policy need look no further than the all-too-aptly-named Free Flow of Information Act of 2013. The bill may be taken up on... ...

Subduing Americans’ Free Speech

Saturday, August 3rd, 2013

“Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech.”   Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) Subduing free speech is best done by subtly. Often induced by the government, the media elite introduces new speech codes that limit public debate while advancing the political agenda of the... ...

‘I may be killed if I write this’

Friday, February 15th, 2013

Lars Hedegaard, founder of Denmark’s Free Press Society, speaks from a secret location after an attempt on his life The assassin came to his home dressed as a postman. When the historian and journalist Lars Hedegaard opened his front door, the man — whom Lars describes as ‘looking like a typical... ...

"Dan’s Law" – The Super Lawyer Behind "Rachel’s Law"

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

The “Super Lawyer” Daniel Kornstein – the lawyer behind New York State’s “Rachel’s Law” (2008) and “The Federal 2010 – SPEECH Act,” protecting American writers and publishers from enforcement of foreign libel judgement in the U.S. Click here to read article....

Bill To Counter Lawsuits Vs. Journalists Introduced

Sunday, August 12th, 2012

A bill introduced Aug. 2 in the U.S. Senate would enable news media to counter SLAPP suits filed to suppress their reporting. Sen. Jon Kyl, R–Ariz., introduced the Free Press Act of 2012 (S.B. 3493), a measure designed to protect the First Amendment rights of journalists and Internet service providers by giving them... ...

Campus Hate Speech And Speech Codes

Sunday, August 12th, 2012

Many of the finest and most honest minds – conservative and liberal — in and out of academia have argued, and sometimes succeeded, that campus speech codes often cross the line to suppression of First Amendment freedom of speech. The excesses in the wording of such codes, their arbitrary and... ...

Free Speech Is Still A Pipe Dream For British Writers

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

London, the host of the 2012 Olympics, has long since won the gold medal as the capital of “libel tourism”. I was made aware of this in 2004 when a libel suit was brought against me and my book Funding Evil: How Terrorism is Financed — and How to Stop... ...

Britain’s Half-Hearted Bid To Reform Libel Law

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

When my book “Funding Evil: How Terrorism is Financed — and How to Stop It ” was first published in New York in 2003, I never imagined that attempts to silence my work would emanate from London’s High Court rather than, say, Saudi Arabia. The book contained information from numerous... ...

Ad Site Crimes: Shutdown Isn’t The Solution

Friday, January 6th, 2012

Natasha Curtis made four. All women. All found dead in car trunks in Detroit. Three of the four apparently advertised themselves as available for escort services on Backpage.com, a classified site owned by Village Voice Media. There is no debating the human tragedy here. Voices are now demanding a forced shuttering of Backpage.com. Among... ...

Free Speech Victory

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

On August 10, a major victory for freedom of speech was achieved. President Obama signed the Securing the Protection of our Enduring and Established Constitutional Heritage Act (SPEECH Act) into law, stopping Americans from being sued for libel by individuals in other countries with inadequate First Amendment rights. The legislation is a... ...

Standing Up For Free Speech

Monday, September 20th, 2010

NEW LAW DEFENDS U.S. JOURNALISTS FROM FOREIGN LIBEL LAWSUITS Earlier this summer, Congress unanimously passed a bill that protects investigative journalists from harassing lawsuits filed in foreign courts. Rather than trumpet this bipartisan achievement, President Obama has remained curiously silent. The Securing the Protection of Our Enduring and Established Constitutional... ...

Protecting American Free Speech

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

Although Washington is often mired in partisan political battles, there are some issues on which Democrats and Republicans in Congress can agree — and where they can work together in unison. One of these is our nation’s tradition of freedom of speech. Thanks to strong, bipartisan cooperation, an important bill... ...

Federal Law Opposing ‘Libel Tourism’ Approved By Congress

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

As the founder of the movement against libel tourism, I congratulate Congress for unanimously passing HR 2765 (as amended by the Leahy-Sessions ’Speech’ Act) on July 27th. A bipartisan bill, the ’Speech’ Act is based on New York State’s “Libel Terrorism Protection Act” (also known as “Rachel’s Law”). The ‘Speech’Act... ...

Media On The Edge: Senate Moves Unanimously To Protect Free Speech

Monday, July 26th, 2010

In a rare show of unanimity, the United States Senate approved legislation last week that would prevent the domestic enforcement of foreign libel judgments that do not meet American standards of due process and free speech protection. The Securing the Protection of our Enduring and Established Constitutional Heritage Act, or... ...

Additional View To The Senate Judiciary Committee Senate Report 111-224, The Speech Act

Monday, July 19th, 2010

VII. ADDITIONAL VIEWS ADDITIONAL VIEWS OF SENATOR KYL The complementary freedoms of speech and the press enshrined by our founding fathers in the First Amendment are cornerstones of American society. As Thomas Jefferson famously said, ‘‘Our liberty cannot be guarded but by the freedom of the press, nor that be... ...

Floor Statement Immediately Following Vote Re: H.R. 2765

Monday, July 19th, 2010

Mr. LEAHY. Mr. President, today the Senate has passed important bipartisan legislation to reduce the chilling effect that foreign libel lawsuits are having on Americans’ first amendment rights. I am the son of printers and I consider this a matter of great importance. My parents told me from the time... ...

ACLU Supports H.R. 2765 "Securing The Protection Of Our Enduring And Established Constitutional Heritage (Speech) Act"

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

Dear Senator: On behalf of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), its more than half a million members, countless additional activists and supporters, and fifty- three affiliates nationwide, we write in support of H.R. 2765, the Securing the Protection of our Enduring and Established Constitutional Heritage Act (“SPEECH Act”), in... ...

Pass The ‘Speech’ Act Now

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

Like resistant new strains of virus or bacteria, new threats to free expression in the U.S. appear from time to time.  One such new threat is foreign libel litigation.  In recent years, American writers and publishers have increasingly found themselves named as defendants in libel suits in countries lacking our First Amendment... ...

Protecting Our Freedom Of Speech: The Speech Act Now Before The Senate

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

As an American citizen who has spent seven years fighting against and promoting awareness of the threat of libel tourism to American free speech rights, I am writing in support of the S 3518, the “Securing the Protection of our Enduring and Established Constitutional Heritage Act,” or the “SPEECH Act,” now... ...

Endorsement Of S.3518, The Speech Act

Sunday, July 11th, 2010

Re: S. 3518 Dear Chairman Leahy and Ranking Member Sessions: I write to you to endorse S. 3518, the “Securing and Protecting our Enduring and Established Constitutional Heritage,” also known as the SPEECH Act. The passage of this bill, which does not attempt to change the law of any foreign nations... ...

In Support Of S. 3518, The Speech Act

Saturday, July 10th, 2010

Hon. Patrick J. Leahy Chairman Committee on the Judiciary 433 Russell Senate Bldg United States Senate Washington, DC 20510 The Honorable Jeff Sessions, Ranking Member Committee on the Judiciary 326 Russell Senate Office Building United States Senate Washington, DC 20510 Dear Chairman Leahy and Senator Sessions: I write to you... ...

Endorsement Of S.3518 [The Speech Act]

Friday, July 9th, 2010

The Honorable Patrick J. Leahy Chairman Committee on the Judiciary U.S. Senate Russell Senate Office Building SR-433 Washington, DC 20510-4502 The Honorable Jeff Sessions Ranking Member Committee on the Judiciary U.S. Senate Russell Senate Office Building SR-335 Washington, DC 20510-0104 Dear Chairman Leahy and Senator Sessions: I understand that the... ...

Speech Act Passes Senate Judiciary Committee

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

Dr. Rachel Ehrenfeld, Founder of the Movement Against Libel Tourism, Lauds Senate Leadership for Moving on Bipartisan Bill Act will protect Americansメ free speech rights and guard against the enforcement of foreign libel judgments in the U.S. New York, NY- June 24, 2010: Dr. Rachel Ehrenfeld, author of Funding Evil:... ...

Leahy, Sessions Introduce Bill To Prevent Foreign Defamation Judgments

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

WASHINGTON (Tuesday, June 22, 2010) – The top Democrat and Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee today introduced legislation to shield American authors, journalists and publishers from foreign libel lawsuits that would otherwise curb writersメ First Amendment rights. Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) introduced the Securing the... ...

Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Chairman, Senate Judiciary Committee, On Introduction Of The Securing The Protection Of Our Enduring And Established Constitutional Heritage ("Speech")

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

Two years ago the United Nations’ Human Rights Committee observed a problem that “discourage[d] critical media reporting on matters of serious public interest, adversely affect[ed] the ability of scholars and journalists to publish their work,” and “affect[ed] freedom of expression worldwide on matters of valid public interest.” That problem was... ...

Support For The Speech Act

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

The Honorable Patrick J. Leahy                              The Honorable Jeff Sessions Chairman                                                                     Ranking Member Committee on the Judiciary                                    ... ...

Ehrenfeld: Ending British Abridgement Of Free Expression

Monday, March 1st, 2010

Americans deserve immunity from ‘libel tourism’ The Senate Judiciary Committee recently concluded during a hearing on the Free Speech Protection Act (S.449) on Feb. 23 that “foreign libel lawsuits are chilling Americans’ First Amendment rights.” The Free Speech Protection Act provides protection to all U.S.-based authors and publishers from libel judgments... ...

America Must Defend Its Writers

Monday, March 1st, 2010

A bill in Congress is aiming to protect US-based authors from overseas libel judgments, not change British laws The US Senate judiciary committee recently concluded that “foreign libel lawsuits are chilling Americans’ first amendment rights“, during a hearing on the Free Speech Protection Act on 23 February. The act provides... ...

Re: The Threat Libel Tourism Poses To First Amendment Rights

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

Hon. Patrick Leahy, Chairman Committee on the Judiciary United States Senate 224 Dirksen Building Washington, DC 20510 Dear Mr. Chairman: On behalf of the more than 65,000 members of the American Library Association (ALA), I want to thank you for convening today’s hearing on the threat posed to First Amendment... ...

Supporting The Passage Of A Modified Version Of The Free Speech Protection Act, S.449

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

Hon. Patrick Leahy, Chairman Committee on the Judiciary United States Senate 224 Dirksen Building Washington, DC 20510 Dear Mr. Chairman: The more than 300 U.S. publishing companies that comprise the Association of American Publishers (AAP) are profoundly grateful to you for convening today’s hearings and focusing the attention of the... ...

In Support Of The Free Speech Protection Act, S.449

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

Dear Senator Leahy, The Vermont Library Association (VLA) recognizes your long standing commitment to protecting our First Amendment rights. Therefore, we are writing to express support for the Free Speech Protection Act, S449 to counter the serious threats posed by the growing practice of libel tourism. Libel tourism directly impacts Vermont’s libraries.... ...

The British Threat To American Free Speech

Sunday, December 20th, 2009

The U.S. Congress is considering legislation to protect American writers from the threat of suppressive libel lawsuits in the U.K. The recent movement to change British libel laws to allow for greater freedom of expression has its origins in New York City and New York State. I am a New York-based... ...

Rescue Writers From Scourge Of Libel Tourism

Thursday, October 8th, 2009

Paul Williams has lived in Pennsylvania all his life. Yet with pretrial proceedings that begin today, Canadian libel laws now threaten to ruin him financially. Williams is a National Book Award-winning writer whose 2006 ←xpos←, “The Dunces of Doomsday,” revealed potential terrorist threats to the United States emanating from McMaster... ...

English Libel Laws Facilitate Libel Tourism

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

English libel laws dating back to 1849 allow foreigners to sue other foreigners in English courts a practice known as “libel tourism”. in addition, England’s plaintiff-friendly libel law is at loggerheads with American principles of free speech guaranteed by the First Amendment. Libel Tourism is used a weapon to silence... ...

Libel Tourism Deterred

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

READER MAIL Libel Tourism Deterred By Dr. Rachel Ehrenfeld Director, American Center for Democracy (ACD) LIBEL TOURISM AND THE FIRST AMENDMENT Re: Aaron Eitan Meyer’s Islamist Lawfare: The Saudi billionaire and serial “libel tourist” Khalid bin Mahfouz is dead, but libel tourism (the use of foreign courts to sue American writers)... ...

'Libel Tourism' And Free Speech

Monday, September 14th, 2009

Madam, As the only American author who stood up to Khalid bin Mahfouz’s campaign to silence American writers and publishers, I would like to note that the Saudi billionaire did not win his many libel lawsuits in the UK on merit, as your newspaper strongly suggests (World News, September 8th).... ...

Letter To Congress To Strengthen The "Libel Tourism" Bill, H.R. 2765

Monday, June 15th, 2009

Dear [Member of Congress], “Libel tourism” is a grave threat to Americans’ First Amendment free speech rights, and I’m writing you today because the U.S. House of Representatives is considering legislation that would effectively put an end to the practice. H.R. 2765, a bill sponsored by Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN),... ...

Floor Statement In Support Of H.R. 2765

Monday, June 15th, 2009

To Amend Title 28, United States Code, To Prohibit Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Defamation Judgments (H.R. 2765) Madam Speaker, today I rise in support of H.R. 2765, legislation that would prohibit the recognition and enforcement of foreign defamation judgments and certain foreign judgments against the providers of interactive computer... ...

The AAP Pushes For Expansion Of "Libel Tourism" Legislation

Monday, June 15th, 2009

The Association of American Publishers sent a letter to Congress last week expressing the associationメs concern that current legislation designed to protect authors and publishers against libel tourism “does not go far enough.” According to the letter, the new bill, H.R. 2765, fails to provide publishers and authors with a... ...

U.K. Libel Laws Chill Another American Book

Monday, June 8th, 2009

The most recent casualties of Britain’s pernicious libel laws are New York-based best-selling author Michael Gross and his intriguing and well-researched book Rogues Gallery: The Secret History of the Moguls and the Money That Made the Metropolitan Museum. It was published in May by Broadway Books, an imprint of Crown,... ...

California Acts To Stop Libel Tourism

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

Afflicted with one hazard of globalization — the spread of the swine flu epidemic — California’s state Senate took measures to protect its citizens from another less deadly, yet terrorizing hazard — the chilling effects on their freedom of expression by foreign libel judgments. California is the world capital of... ...

In Support Of The Free Speech Protection Act Of 2009, S.449

Monday, April 27th, 2009

Senator Charles Schumer 757 Third Avenue Suite 17-02 New York, NY 10017 Re: S.449 Dear Senator Schumer: On behalf of our membership, I write in support of the Free Speech Protection Act of 2009, which you co-sponsor with Senators Specter and Lieberman. The Writers Guild of America, East, represents professionals... ...

Letter To Senator Ellen Corbett (D-10) Re: Senate Bill 320

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

Hon. Ellen Corbett California State Senate State Capitol, Room 5108 Sacramento, CA 95814 Re: Senate Bill 320 Dear Senator Corbett, The American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression (ABFFE) wishes to join in sponsoring your bill addressing the threat of libel tourism. ABFFE is the bookseller’s voice in the fight against... ...

Letter RE: Support: Sb 320 Anti-Libel Tourism Act

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

Honorable Ellen Corbett California State Senate State Capitol, Room 5108 Sacramento, CA 95814 Re: Support: SB 320 Anti-Libel Tourism Act Dear Sen. Corbett, The California First Amendment Coalition is pleased to support your SB 320, which would prohibit state courts from recognizing a defamation judgment obtained in a foreign jurisdiction,... ...

Letter To California State Senator Ellen Corbett – Sb 320: Support

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

Honorable Ellen Corbett California State Senate State Capitol, Room 5108 Sacramento, CA 95814 SB 320 : SUPPORT Dear Senator Corbett, Californians Aware supports your SB 320, which would prohibit state courts from recognizing a defamation judgment obtained in a foreign jurisdiction, unless the court determines the defamation law applied in the... ...

Statement At Hearing On California Libel Tourism Act (Senate Bill 320)

Monday, April 20th, 2009

Thank you, Senator Corbett, for initiating this important bill, and thank you, members of the Committee, for holding this hearing on Libel Tourism. California is the world capital of the entertainment industry, which provides major revenues to the state. Yet every creative enterprise produced in California, and every individual writer,... ...

I Was A Victim Of Libel Tourism

Friday, March 27th, 2009

(Title should be: How I Fight Libel Tourism) Sitting at my desk on 23 January 2004, I was interrupted by an email from a law firm in London. It was a letter threatening to sue me for libel in a British court, for statements made in my book, Funding Evil:... ...

Specter, Lieberman Introduce Free Speech Protection Act

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

Washington, D.C. (February 17, 2009)- U.S. Senators Arlen Specter (R-PA), Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Joseph Lieberman (I-CT), Chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, have introduced the Free Speech Protection Act (the “Libel Tourism” bill), S. 449. This bill would protect American journalists from... ...

Rocking The Free Speech Boat

Monday, November 24th, 2008

On Jan. 23, 2004, at 2:33 p.m., an e-mail popped up on my computer screen from the solicitors for Saudi billionaire Khalid bin Mahfouz threatening to sue me in London for libel. My first thought was, “He found the wrong victim.” I then called my lawyer to find out how... ...

Defeating Libel Terrorism

Monday, October 20th, 2008

There are many forms of terrorism, and violence is just one of them. The non-violent, incremental strategies used to achieve the Muslim Brotherhood’s goal to “sabotage the west from within” are more insidious and more likely to be successful than violence. Though non-violent radicalism takes many forms, one of the... ...

RE: The Free Speech Protection Act Of 2008

Thursday, October 2nd, 2008

The Honorable Arlen Specter United States Senate Washington, DC 20510 Dear Senator Specter: As an organization committed to upholding the Freedom of Speech enshrined in the Constitution, the Anti-Defamation League welcomes your leadership in introducing the Free Speech Protection Act of 2008, legislation which would prevent US courts from enforcing... ...

"Rachel’s Law" Goes National – U.S House Takes First Step To Protect Free Speech Against "Libel Tour”

Monday, September 29th, 2008

Washington, DC, September 27, 2008 – The U.S. House of Representatives today passed H.R. 6146, crucial legislation that will protect American citizens from foreign libel judgments that undermine their fundamental First Amendment free speech rights. The bill was inspired by the New York State Libel Terrorism Protection Act – commonly... ...

The Speech Act Nears Closer To Reality

Saturday, June 28th, 2008

BP CEO Tony Hayward will likely win his case if he decides to sue American reporters and media outlets for libel in England for exposing his participation in a yacht race off the British Isle of Wight in the midst of the oil spill caused by his company in the... ...

Specter, Lieberman, King Introduce Free Speech Protection Act

Wednesday, May 7th, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 7, 2008)—U.S. Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA), Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Joseph Lieberman (I-CT), Chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and U.S. Representative Peter King (R-NY), Ranking Member of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security, today announced... ...

Letter To Governor Paterson In Support Of The Libel Terrorism Protection Act

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

Dear Governor Paterson: I write to you to urge you to sign into law the Libel Terrorism Protection Act. The bill has received so much support from so many diverse sources that I will not devote much space to why it is so needed. Any proposed legislation that is introduced... ...

Letter In Support Of The Libel Terrorism Protection Act

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008

The Honorable David A. Paterson Governor of the State of New York Executive Chamber State Capitol Albany, New York 12224 Dear Governor Paterson: On behalf of the more than 300 corporate members of the Association of American Publishers, many of whom are located in New York, we are writing to... ...

In Support For The Libel Terrorism Protection Act, A. 9652

Monday, March 10th, 2008

Assemblyman Rory Lancman LOB 549 Albany, New York 12248 Dear Assemblyman Lancman, We are writing on behalf of the 3,300 members ofPEN American Center, 1,718 of whom reside in New York, to lend our voices to the chorus of support for the Libel Terrorism Protection Act, A. 9652. PEN American... ...

Request For Full Support For Libel Terrorism Protection Act (Bill No. A9652)

Wednesday, February 13th, 2008

Sheldon Silver Assembly Speaker Assembly of the State of New York 64th Assembly District 250 Broadway, Suite 2307 New York, N.Y. 10017 Fax: 212-312-1418 CC Rory Lancman 25th District 77-40 170th St. Fresh Meadows, N.Y. 11366 Fax: 718-820-0414 Dear Speaker Silver: As the Rabbi of Congregation B’nai Avraham and head... ...

In Support Of S.6687/A.9652 ("Libel Terrorism Protection Act")

Tuesday, February 12th, 2008

Assemblyman Rory Lancman Member of Assembly, 25th District 77-40 170th Street Fresh Meadows, New York 11366 Dear Assemblyman Lancman: On behalf of the Authors Guild, the nation’s largest society of published authors with more than 9,000 members (including more than 2,500 published authors from New York), we write to enthusiastically... ...

RE: Libel Terrorism Protection Act, A.9652/S.6687

Monday, February 11th, 2008

Honorable Rory I. Lancman Member of the Assembly Legislative Office Building 549 Albany, NY 12248 Honorable Dean G. Skelos Member of the Senate Room 503, State Capitol Albany, New York 12247 Re: Libel Terrorism Protection Act A9652/S6687 Dear Assemblyman Lancman and Senator Skelos: I am writing in support of the... ...

New York Appeals Court Opens Door To ‘Libel Tourism’

Friday, February 8th, 2008

NEW YORK’s Highest court turned down a chance today to protect American authors from libel judgments awarded by foreign courts. The case decided today, which pits a Saudi billionaire against a New York-based researcher, was a test of how New York’s courts will respond to concerns that the First Amendment... ...

In Support Of The Libel Terrorism Protection Act

Wednesday, February 6th, 2008

Assemblyman Rory Lancman New York State Assembly, 25th District 77-40 170th St. Fresh Meadows, NY 11366 Dear Assemblyman Lancman, On behalf of the Committee on the Present Danger (CPD), we are writing to support your efforts to ensure that, as a matter of state law, writers continue to enjoy First... ...

Urging Passage Of The Libel Terrorism Protection Act By The New York State Legislature

Tuesday, February 5th, 2008

John A. DeFrancisco New York State Senate Albany, New York Dear Sen. DeFrancisco: 9/11 Families for a Secure America, an organization representing families of many of the victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks, strongly urges the New York State Assembly and Senate to pass the bipartisan Libel Terrorism Protection... ...

Support For The Libel Terrorism Protection Act (S.6687/A.9652)

Monday, January 28th, 2008

To:       Assemblyman Rory Lancman From:   Ilan Weinglass, Managing Editor, The Terror Finance Blog Date:    January 28, 2008 Re:       Support for the Libel Terrorism Protection Act (S.6687/A.9652) I am writing in my capacity as Managing Editor of the Terror Finance Blog, a multi- expert... ...

Support For The Libel Terrorism Protection Act (S.6687/A.9652)

Monday, January 21st, 2008

– MEMORANDUM OF SUPPORT – To:     Assemblyman Rory Lancman From: Brooke Goldstein; Director, The Legal Project at the Middle East Forum Date:  January 21, 2008 Re:     Support for the Libel Terrorism Protection Act (S.6687/A.9652) I am writing this memorandum in my capacity as Director of the... ...

New York Legislators Act Over Libel Tourism Case

Tuesday, January 15th, 2008

Two members of New York’s legislature have put forward a new Bill intended to protect writers and publishers who live and work in the State from libel actions brought against them in foreign jurisdictions. The move, by Democratic Assemblyman Rory Lancman and Republican Senator Dean Skelos, follows the decision by... ...

The Libel Terrorism Protection Act

Monday, January 14th, 2008

S.6687 B                                    Senator Skelos A.9652                                       M of A Lancman AN ACT relating to personal... ...

Publishers Welcome Ny Legislation To Fight ‘Libel Tourism’

Monday, January 14th, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Judith Platt (202) 220-4551 Deidre Huntington (202) 220-4550 Publishers Welcome NY Legislation to Fight ‘Libel Tourism’ Washington, DC, January 14, 2008: The Association of American Publishers (AAP) welcomed the introduction of legislation in the New York State legislature that will make it harder for “libel tourists” to... ...

Against The Threat Of Libel Tourism

Monday, December 17th, 2007

Please read the article in Dutch....

Libel Terrorism

Monday, November 26th, 2007

Supporters of Islamic totalitarianism are using courts to silence their critics and advance their agendas as the American mainstream media barely take notice. Take the case of Sheikh Khalid bin Mahfouz [1], the billionaire alleged funder of terrorism, and his dogged critic, Dr. Rachel Ehrenfeld [2]. Their story has been... ...

The Liberal Tourist: Silencing Free Speech

Wednesday, November 21st, 2007

Litigious Saudi Arabians — making use of plaintiff-friendly British libel laws — have imposed major restrictions on free speech in Britain. British law is just the opposite of American law. In America, someone suing for libel has to show that the statement — or article or book — is false.... ...

Landing A Solid Counterpunch For Free Speech

Sunday, June 17th, 2007

Last August, I wrote a CFP column about the use of British courts to advance libel claims by Arabs to shut down criticism and analysis of their activities from journalists and authors. The phenomenon even has a name, “libel tourism”, because the plaintiffs in these cases are not British citizens.... ...

The High Cost Of Free Speech

Saturday, June 16th, 2007

NEW YORK—On June 8, 2007, seven months after hearing arguments in my suit against Saudi billionaire Khaled bin Mahfouz—Ehrenfeld vs. bin Mahfouz—the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals established an important legal precedent, henceforward affecting all American writers and publishers. This “case is one of the most important First Amendment... ...

Critical 1st Amendment Case Headed To Appeal

Sunday, October 15th, 2006

New York, N.Y.–On November 8, 2006, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit will hear oral argument in Dr. Rachel Ehrenfeld’s appeal of a lower court’s dismissal of her critical lawsuit against Saudi financier Sheikh Khalid Salim bin Mahfouz. If successful, Dr. Ehrenfeld’s case could establish an... ...

Ehrenfeld: International Libel Law Battle 'Is About Freedom Of Speech'

Thursday, June 16th, 2005

The legal battle between an American academic and billionaire Saudi Arabian businessman Sheikh Khalid Bin Mafhouz will decide whether writers in the United States will have the freedom to investigate and write about terrorism and its financing, or whether the search for truth will be compromised, according to papers filed... ...

Judge Attacks Author Over Libel Tourism Allegation

Thursday, June 16th, 2005

A JUDGE has vigorously defended England’s strict libel laws after awarding £30,000 to a Saudi billionaire and his sons over 23 copies of an American book imported into Britain. Mr Justice Eady accused an author of trying to “cash in” on the publicity of being sued in London while refusing... ...

Another First Amendment Landmark Case?

Monday, March 21st, 2005

(March 21, 2005) — When Rachel Ehrenfeld, author of the book “Funding Evil: How Terrorism Is Financed and How to Stop It,” opened her apartment door just before 10 p.m. on March 3, she believed she was simply receiving some legal papers from London. But this was no ordinary messenger.... ...