By way of a follow up to the recent NewbyGate (né BristolBloggerGate) furore, I notice that former British ambassador-turned-anti-Establishment blogger and all-round troublemaker Craig Murray has posted something which may be of interest to anyone concerned about getting sued for libel…
- Number of letters received from lawyers threatening legal action 47
- Number of lawyers involved: 11
- Number of lawyers told to go ahead and sue or prosecute: 11
- Number of suits/prosecutions brought: Nil
- Number of apologies and retractions issued: Nil
- Damages Paid: Nil
- Number of falsehoods published: Nil
Who says it is not fun running a blog?
[Slightly edited for clarity]
Craig Murray, you might remember, was threatened by big hitter libel lawyers Schillings on behalf of hired killer/mercenary/’private military contractor’ Tim Spicer for writing a book which spilled the beans on all sorts of juicy things that many people would have preferred to have remained hidden from public view. Murray’s publisher was scared off, but he stuck to his guns and published it online himself anyway – and was not sued.
For those who were wondering, The Bristol Blogger has been hidden from public view by its author with a view to finding a more robust host than WordPress.com has proved. In the meantime TBB is acting as a guest blogger on Bristol 24/7.
Meanwhile, a crack team of bloggers and journalists is working hard to discover exactly why University of Liverpool legal eagle Kevan Ryan demanded that WordPress.com censor two-and-a-half year old blog posts about his boss Sir Howard Newby – watch this space!
The last word for now goes to Craig Murray again:
Britain’s notorious libel laws are designed to inculcate fear in those who would publish the truth. But, as with most situations in life, a lack of fear makes things much less fraught.