Columbia International Affairs Online: Working Papers

CIAO DATE: 02/2010

Libel Tourism: Silencing the Press Through Transnational Legal Threats

Drew Sullivan

January 2010

National Endowment for Democracy


The face of media around the world is changing. Traditional media in the United States are shrinking as the industry confronts both an extended recession and the long-term erosion of its economic model. In the developing world, the newly independent media of a decade ago maintain their vitality while attempting to find financial sustainability. The Internet has globalized the evolving media marketplace, and at the interstices of the media and internet businesses, new and exciting media organizations are springing up worldwide to fill needs in such areas as investigative reporting.