Media Law Prof Blog

Editor: Christine A. Corcos
Louisiana State Univ.

Monday, November 9, 2009

U. S. Publishers May Desert English Newsstands

A warning to Parliament that U.S. newspapers may soon be unavailable in print form in England, because of the high cost of defending defamation lawsuits. Said a report to the House of Commons Committe, " Leading US newspapers are actively considering abandoning the supply of the 200-odd copies they make available for sale in London – mainly to Americans who want full details of their local news and sport. They do not make profits out of these minimal and casual sales and they can no longer risk losing millions of dollars in a libel action which they would never face under US law. Does the UK really want to be seen as the only country in Europe – indeed in the world – where important US papers cannot be obtained in print form?"

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