Trying to put an end to the courtroom jihad against free speech. “Denmark wants Brussels to stop UK Mohammed cartoon lawsuit,” by Leigh Phillips for the EUObserver, March 16 (thanks to John):
EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS – The Danish minister of justice has called on the European Commission to put a stop to a lawsuit by a Saudi lawyer who is using the UK’s famously libel-happy courts to go after Danish newspapers for their publication of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed.
“It’s fundamentally reasonable that judgments in the EU can often be exercised across borders,” the minister, Lars Barfoed, said according to the Berlingske Tidende newspaper.
“But it would be taking it to the extreme if a UK court could rule against the Danish media and then require compensation and court costs to be paid.” […]
And there is that small matter of free speech:
The British government for its part recognises there is a problem.
A Ministry of Justice spokesperson said: “The government is concerned about any potential chilling effect that our libel laws are having on freedom of speech. In response to the concerns that have been expressed, the justice secretary has set up a working group to examine a range of issues around the substantive law on libel.”
In addition, three weeks ago the country’s Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee published the report of its inquiry into libel, which criticised the current situation.
“The government is considering this report and the recommendations that it makes very carefully,” the spokesperson said.