Friday, February 8, 2008

Help Stop "Libel Terrorism"

Sign the petition to help this legislation pass.

The "Libel Terrorism Protection Act" has been introduced in the New York Assembly and Senate. Its objective is as important as it is simple — protect New York authors and publishers from lawsuits filed in foreign court jurisdictions that are intended to intimidate and silence exposure of terrorism and enablers of terrorism.

People like Saudi billionaire Khalid Salim bin Mahfouz are using courts in foreign jurisdictions, where free press and speech rights do not have the same protection as they do in the United States, to win libel lawsuits against American authors and publishers. Bin Mahfouz has filed dozens of such lawsuits, and in the face of those suits, numerous American authors and publishers have chosen to apologize, issue retractions and pull books from the market, rather than spend millions in legal fees fighting the suits.

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