Issue 3 of Emancipation & Liberation is out now.
Issue 3 Cover
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- Unfinished Business: 11 September 1 Year on, Nick Clarke
- Columbia, the IRA, the US and Manifest Destiny, Matt Siegfried
- Which route for political, working class unity in Britain, Bob Goupillot
- Cymru Goch’s Resignation Letter, Cymru Goch
- Irish Socialists appeal for support in stand against sectarianism, Belfast International Socialists and Socialist Democracy
celebrate” the jubilee, Allan Armstrong
- Successful republican festival and victory at free speech trial, Y Faner Goch
- Northern Ireland – Is the
peace process under threat? No, but the working class is!, Class Struggle
- British Nationalism and the rise of Fascism, Chris Ford
- Juvenilization, the family, and the capitalist state, Kathy Perlo
- Equal partners in the struggle, Catriona Grant
- Oceans Apart, Jim Aitken
- A Healthy Constitution?, Duncan Rowan
- You are the weakest link! The SSP Special Conference, the Left & the
No to the Euro Campaign, Allan Armstrong
- Bookshop Libel Fund
- No nationalist road to socialism in Scotland, Phil Sharpe
A two-day High Court case was the culmination of an action brought nearly two years ago against Housmans Bookshop in London by a right wing anti-gay litigant who had been referred to as a plagiarist in one sentence in a 136-page pamphlet stocked in the shop. He chose to only sue the shop, not the author or the publisher of the pamphlet, because of his distaste of material made available in radical bookshops. Although the jury only awarded him £14 damages he was also ordered to pay most of the shop’s legal costs: however there is no expectation that he has the resources to do so.
This was the first time a bookshop had tried to use the
innocent dissemination defence, introduced in the 1996 Defamation Act. Following this test case it seems that if anyone suggests to a newsagent, shop or library that a publication they stock is defamatory and they fail to remove it then they open themselves up to libel writs.
This case against Housmans is one of the first of several, dating back to 1996 and also involves the SWP’s bookshop, Bookmarks. Legally defending these attacks on radical bookshops is an expensive business. The Bookshop Libel Fund is calling for urgent financial support for the shops to cover their legal costs, and to campaign for a change in the law to stop bookshops being targeted in this way.
Donations should be made payable to
Bookshop Libel Fund and sent to
Housmans Bookshop, 5 Caledonian Road, London, N1 9DX or to Bookmarks Bookshop, 1 Bloomsbury Street, London, WC1B 3QE.