Politico – Washington,DC,USA
Ah, the adventures of libel tourism
By: Michael M. Rosen
August 4, 2008 02:44 PM EST
To adventure tourism, senior tourism and religious tourism, we can now add another version, of dubious distinction: libel tourism.The term refers to a disturbing recent trend of individuals suing, in international courts of their choosing, authors and journalists whom they believed have defamed them. These alleged victims of libel have begun to select courts in countries to which they have no connection but that offer favorable venues to defamation plaintiffs.
Rachel Ehrenfeld, an investigative reporter who has devoted her career to exposing the financial underbelly of militant Islamic groups, encountered libel tourism firsthand, and not by choice.
In 2003, she wrote “Funding Evil: How Terrorism Is Financed and How to Stop It,” which documents schemes used by jihadists and their sympathizers — including Khalid bin Mahfouz, a banker to the Saudi royal family — to circumvent American and international financial controls in order to fund terrorist activities
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