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Do libel laws stifle free speech?


Britain's libel laws are being criticised by US legislators. Members of Congress in Washington are trying to pass new laws to protect US journalists and NGOs from "libel tourism" - the practice of foreigners using UK libel law to silence their critics. Lawyer Laurence Harris examines if UK libel laws are stifling free speech.

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