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Monday, 17 November 2008

Caught in the Middle

via The Register - which runs the story under the by-line 'Magazine faces legal action for bowing to legal action' - news of how The New Statesman is being threatened with a libel suit via whistle-blowing site Wikileaks for removing, under legal threat, a link to a WikiLeaks article.

This sounds a rather odd course of action to me. For starters, removing a link to a story is a long way short of saying, or even clearly implying, that it is inaccurate. Furthermore, The New Statesman was presumably acting under legal advice and quite possibly in response to an interim injunction, in which case it would have been anything from inadvisable to illegal for it not to take down the link.

If Wikileaks does file a claim, I can see another court hearing coming up - an application for summary judgment and/or striking out.

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