Senate helps U.S. writers overseas
The U.S. Senate unanimously approved a bill to protect American authors, journalists and publishers from foreign libel judgments that undermine the United States' guarantee of free speech. The bill now goes to the house for action. It would prevent U.S. courts from recognizing or enforcing a foreign judgment for defamation that is inconsistent with the U.S. Constitution. Chief sponsor Patrick Leahy of Vermont says the bill would protect writers and publishers in countries "with the most chilling and restrictive free speech standards."