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Libel Tourism – Two Footnotes

Further to my earlier post on libel tourism, I’ve recently come across two interesting footnotes.

First, there is a rather pointed short film, called The Libel Tourist, about Rachel Ehrenfeld’s legal travails with Saudi billionaire Khalid bin Mahfouz here and here (YouTube) (hat tip: the always excellent Critical Mass; also Overlawyered and Reason).

Second, Mahfouz’s own website proudly proclaims:


Q: Do the family have Irish citizenship?

A: In 1990, Khalid Bin Mahfouz availed himself of the opportunity under the laws of the Republic of Ireland to obtain Irish citizenship for himself and other members of his family.


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  1. […] 26)) but I want to focus here on the libel issues. First, the issue of libel tourism has featured already on this site; yesterday morning’s New York Times had this to say about it (hat tips: Andrew […]

  2. […] – As the only American author who stood up to Khalid bin Mahfouz’s campaign to silence American writers and publishers, I would like to note that the Saudi […]

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