Law proposed to prevent ‘libel tourism’

In “Attack of the Libel Tourists,” The Washington Post warns of an increasingly common practice of offended parties outside the United States looking for hospitable venues for suing U.S. media sources for libel. The primary culprit is Britain, where “judges more often than not allow [libel suits] to proceed on flimsy jurisdictional grounds.” Proposed U.S. legislation “would empower U.S. judges to block enforcement of a foreign libel judgment if it does not comport with U.S. standards. It also would allow an author or publisher whose work has been vindicated in a U.S. court to sue a libel tourist for damages.”

Hearst plans new device for mobile news delivery

In an effort to find a way to keep people reading its newspapers and magazines, Hearst is planning to unveil a wireless electronic reader similar to’s Kindle, according to While there is no guarantee such a device would succeed, it

has its best chance of striking a chord with the majority of consumers if it includes its e-reader at no additional cost with a multiyear subscription to the publisher’s magazines and newspapers… To make the device even more attractive, it should have a Web browser to access other content and include additional capabilities, such as the ability to share content with others over the Web.