As the news media has gone global, legal principles of libel and
journalistic protections have not followed suit. In this article, which
recently appeared in the London Times, a British attorney argues for a more
harmonized set of global libel standards—to prevent plaintiffs from taking
advantage of Britain’s weak journalistic protections.

Mark Schapiro specializes in international and environmental stories. His award-winning work appears in all media: in publications such as Harpers, The Atlantic, Mother Jones and Yale 360; on television, including PBS FRONTLINE/World and KQED; on public radio including Marketplace; and on the web. He is currently writing a book for Wiley & Co. investigating the backstory to our carbon footprints. His previous book, "EXPOSED: The Toxic Chemistry of Everyday Products and What’s at Stake for American Power," reveals the health and economic implications of the tightening of environmental standards by the European Union.