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Archive for 'Lawfare'

A good day in court for Singh and Science

This is a guest post by amie
A cheer went up at 9.45am chez amie at the single word from the courtroom on Jack of Kent’s twitter: WIN!
Simon Singh has won this leg of his defence against the libel case brought against him by the British Chiropractic Association. The judgement does more than remove the cords [...]

Is The Islam Channel Being Defamed?

This is a cross-post from Alexander Meleagrou-Hitchens

The Quilliam Foundation has announced a report on the UK’s Islam Channel. Quilliam co-director, Maajid Nawaz, has sent around a text message publicising the release, claiming that the channel is a portal for ‘extremism, bias, sexism, sectarianism and attacks on mainstream Muslim practices.’ In response, the Islam [...]

Islam Channel: Lawfare Thugs

These letters have been passed to us. Is it really possible to defame a convicted terrorist?
PO Box 60380
By Email, Post & Fax- +44 (0) 207 637 4944
23rd March 2010
Dear Sirs
Re: New Quilliam Report
We have today received information that you will be releasing a defamatory report about the Islam Channel
this week.
We have [...]

East London Mosque: Lawfare Thugs

The Sunday Express has published this statement:
East London Mosque
OUR article of December 27, 2009 “Jet bomb ordered by 9/11 spiritual leader” stated that Anwar al Awlaki, the Yemen based cleric said to have inspired the failed plot to blow up a plane bound for Detroit, had spoken at the “radical” East London Mosque (ELM).
We would [...]

Judge Judge gets on the bus

This is a guest post by Amie
During the hearing last week of the BCA v Simon Singh, there were a plethora  of vexed issues for the three heavyweight Justices to grapple with.
 As light relief  they also batted around the exercise, as the law requires them to do,  of  getting behind the eyes of the likely reader [...]

Simon Singh’s appeal hearing today

Dear Friends
Simon Singh’s libel case v the BCA was at the Court of Appeal today in front of three of the most senior judges in England and Wales: Lord Chief Justice Lord Judge, Master of the Rolls Lord Neuberger and Lord Justice Sedley. They heard arguments from both barristers on the meaning of Simon’s article [...]

Defend Alex Higgins!

This is a crosspost by Sunny from Liberal Conspiracy
In his columns he styles himself as a defender of free speech, but when it concerns himself Rod Liddle is happy with making legal threats to shut down debate on his past writings.
Today afternoon Liddle turned up on the Facebook group: ‘If Rod Liddle becomes editor of [...]

Touchy, touchy

Stoppers dismayed by Tony Blair’s confident appearance in front of the Chilcott enquiry yesterday can still console themselves with this stunt cooked up by Guardian journalist George Monbiot.
This site offers a reward to people attempting a peaceful citizen’s arrest of the former British prime minister, Tony Blair, for crimes against peace. Anyone attempting an arrest [...]

Azad Ali and Man Made Law

Harry’s Place is pleased to report some joyous news about Azad Ali, the civil servant who says of al Qaeda preacher Anwar al Awlaki “I really do love him for the sake of Allah, he has an uncanny way of explaining things to people which is endearing”.
Azad has stepped down from the presidency [...]

Defend Craig Murray

Okay, so he’s mad as a hatter and sometimes quite nasty, and usually wrong, wrong, wrong!
We at Harry’s Place will always stand with bloggers who are threatened by libel suits. It is not nice threatening bloggers with letters from lawyers. What’s more, it is generally unnecessary. We get them quite often and they are unpleasant.
We are disappointed that, [...]