How to Censor with the use of Libel

Reposted from Padraig Reidy’s Index on Censorship blog:

Sheikh Khalid bin Mahfouz has made an academic publisher withdraw a controversial book. But it is the UK libel system that allows the rich and powerful to stifle investigation, writes Padraig Reidy

Sheikh Khalid bin Mahfouz, a Saudi-born Irish passport holder, and one of the richest men in the world, is no stranger to the UK libel courts.

Since 2002, banker bin Mahfouz has used his considerable financial clout to garner apologies and damages through the courts from a variety of organisations, from tiny leftist political publisher Pluto to the Mail on Sunday, one of the UK’s biggest newspapers.

Recently, bin Mahfouz’s attention has been turned to respected academic publisher Cambridge University Press.

Bin Mahfouz’s wrath was provoked by the CUP book Alms for Jihad by Robert O Collins and J Millard Burr, a wide-ranging study of the use of Islamic charities in siphoning funding to al-Qaeda.

Bin Mahfouz alleged that the book linked him, financially and through family, to Osama bin Laden, a claim which he has previously forced others to retract in the UK courts.

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24 Responses to “How to Censor with the use of Libel”

  1. shafiur Says:

    I read in Wikipedia that this gentleman does no