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Thanks for sharing, excellent post. The book it...

2010-12-28T14:04:36.756+00:00

Thanks for sharing, excellent post.
The book it's really great, because in many terms the book teach many things.



Since being made aware of the scary English libel ...

2007-08-17T08:05:00.000+01:00

Since being made aware of the scary English libel law by the GOB, I've come across several instances where Americans offhandedly say things along the lines of "...blah the UK blah scandal book blah, but of course in the UK they don't have Free Speech blah blah blah...".

I'm not sure how libel law is applied in my native Sweden. You can sue for defamation even for statements about you that were true, and celebs sometimes sue the tabloids, but I've never heard of books being yanked from distribution here. The law is ambiguously phrased, including the words "If it was his duty to make the statements or if it was for other reasons defensible to make them, and if he can show that they were true or that he had reasonable grounds for them, then he shall not be held accountable."

Non-celebs who sue for libel in Sweden are widely seen as paranoid crackpots.



Tom Cunliffe makes a good point. At the risk of un...

2007-08-17T03:24:00.000+01:00

Tom Cunliffe makes a good point. At the risk of unashamedly plugging my forthcoming novel "Shock and Awe" (which Macmillan New Writing is publishing in September), I note that my book was turned down for what I view as largely political reasons by all of the big New York houses. One editor came right out and said it: "The fact that Americans are the bad guys makes this a hard sell for us." Other rejections contained the words "...in the present climate..." I'm still waiting for climate change.

On the other hand, Chris Cleaves's excellent "Incendiary" was jerked from distribution to UK stores after the London subway bombings; but it's easy to find in the USA.

All I can say is that it's good we have two separate countries so content can sometimes leak though by accident.



@ tom Hidden Censorship? Everything is filtered fo...

2007-08-16T19:33:00.000+01:00

@ tom

Hidden Censorship? Everything is filtered for consumption, which is either good or bad when you think about it. It might not even be a conscious decision.

It's all 'lies in ther service of the truth' it just depends on whose truth.



Bit late for Alms for Jihad...the company I work f...

2007-08-16T15:12:00.000+01:00

Bit late for Alms for Jihad...the company I work for has already shipped 128 copies of it to libraries around the world. I don't think they'll be sending them back.



I am slightly more worried about the hidden censor...

2007-08-16T14:29:00.000+01:00

I am slightly more worried about the hidden censorship that we never get to hear about. Decisions not to publish at all, deletion of key content etc at the behest of proprietors, publishers and editors. How much of what we read is unaffected?



Interesting post

2007-08-16T14:01:00.000+01:00

Interesting post



And sixthly, I read The Killers just last week in ...

2007-08-16T13:49:00.000+01:00

And sixthly, I read The Killers just last week in my research efforts...there's a spare room here I suppose....



You're on a roll today GOB! First, your investiga...

2007-08-16T13:45:00.000+01:00

You're on a roll today GOB! First, your investigative arm is as good as the arm on our Governator over here in California, Secondly your sense of humour is a delight, Thirdly you really shouldn't have..., Fourthly I caught the Ken Gelder advice and have ordered the book, and Fifthly I had sent the Misfit Lil Fights Back data to an AU friend whose dear old mum loves westerns and was quite a dear misfit in her day. The synchonicity bogles.