In one of the threads yesterday I agreed with Davids take on plastic journalists who dont do their jobs. Watching Sky fawn over the Saudi visit rather than ‘challenge, examine, expose’ was nothing short of pathetic. Then i read this. Over at Spiked and care of Freeborn John. Given the weight and power of the media industry to stand up to this, i still dont think it excuses them but it may provide at least a partial explanation.
In recent years, a Saudi billionaire has sued various authors and publishers of books about terrorism in England’s archaic libel courts.
Some have been withdrawn by publishers following libel rulings that found in favour of the Saudi billionaire; others have been withdrawn by publishers following threats of libel action by the Saudi’s lawyers. In some instances, the books were thrown into pulping machines so that all evidence of their existence was destroyed.
Books by British, American and French authors have suffered this fate. Both books by left-leaning authors who question the ‘war on terror’, and books by conservative authors who support it, have been removed from Britain’s bookshelves. Such is the censorious nature of English libel law that these books have effectively been wiped off the intellectual map: you won’t find them in any bookshop or library
Spiked On Line has given the authors an opportunity of voicing their opinion, without repeating the allegations, providing a brief overview of the banned books. One of the authors concluded
The swift demise of Alms for Jihad has thoroughly intimidated British journalists, the media and publishers from writing or publishing about terrorism. Moreover, it has deprived the British public access to Alms for Jihad and the freedom to read about Islamist terrorism.