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Hari’s Defamation?

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News just in:

there was a thread open at HP to discuss Nick Cohen’s book What’s Left, however, part way thru it was closed abruptly by the threat of defamation proceedings. Here’s the new cover to the thread:

“Nick Cohen v Johann Hari

Posted by david t

Sadly Johann Hari is threatening me with defamation proceedings. He takes the view that this piece, and the comments which follow it, contain defamatory material.

Practically speaking, I am neither able, nor prepared, to hand edit articles and comments in order to meet threats of legal action. Therefore I have chosen to take the article down and have removed all comments.

I have occasionally closed quotes or removed articles when asked to correct an inaccurate statement about a person on this blog. I think that is the proper, and responsible thing for a person who runs a blog to do.

I am particularly sad that the first threat of legal action should have come from a journalist, and from a person who I regard as a friend.

I am not proposing to discuss this issue further”

Hari does himself no favours by these threats.

Written by modernityblog

30/07/2007 at 18:03

Posted in Uncategorized

3 Responses

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  1. Be hard to defame this creature, but I am kinda disappointed that HP have collapsed on this one.

    P.S. Congrats with the new place.


    02/08/2007 at 08:09

  2. Not 100% sure of the issues, but I feel that had the article been written by Gene, or another American then the libel issue would have been dismissed but DavidT as a lawyer in the UK as to be extra careful. I assume that a libel action could lose him his work.


    02/08/2007 at 14:53

  3. I think your libel laws are a serious threat to freedom of expression. The intent is good but human nature being what it is, they are far too prone to be abused. And while I do not mean that Hari and the House of Saud are in the same league, they are both human and are both too easily tempted in this regard.


    04/08/2007 at 03:02

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