Libel law is how governments kill free speech

Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Jeffrey A Tucker

"It took half a millennium to arrive at institutions that established a clear wall here: the state may not, regardless of the excuse, interfere with people’s right to express a thought. Nor may the courts act on behalf of any private party that claims to have been injured, unless that private party can prove actually malicious intent and real damage. Today in the US, there is a high wall between the state and the freedom to speak in print (which includes digital publication). But how thick is this wall? There are always pressures to penetrate it." (09/08/17)

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