How our laws inspired Trump’s attack on free speech | Nick Cohen

How our laws inspired Trump’s attack on free speech | Nick Cohen
By Nick Cohen

Hard-won press freedoms are under attack on both sides of the Atlantic

Anyone feeling morally superior to Americans should reflect on how Donald Trump feels about us. “In England, they have a system where you can actually sue if someone says something wrong,” he purred . “Our press is allowed to say whatever they want.”

You can understand his envy. Despite reform, an English publisher still has to prove his or her innocence. More enticingly for the rich, money tilts the scales of justice. Unless you have a straightforward case, few lawyers will offer a “no win, no fee” deal. A wealthy media organisation can threaten you with a costs bill of £1m or more if you lose. Equally, plutocrats can threaten increasingly impoverished newspapers with costs they cannot afford, if they don’t back down and back off either.

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December 3, 2016 at 06:15PM
via US news | The Guardian http://ift.tt/2fWPPIB

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