Publication of Amanda Knox’s memoir, Waiting to be Heard, has been banned in the UK because of fears of libel action. The book is published in the US.
Knox became famous after her conviction for the murder of Meredith Kercher in Italy and her subsequent acquittal. The sensational trial made headlines around the world and HarperCollins paid Knox $4m for the story.
Nick Cohen in last Sunday’s The Observer (http://www.guardian.co.uk/profile/nickcohen) points out that Article 10 of the Human Rights Act (UK) states: “Everyone has the right of freedom of expression. This right shall include freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart information and ideas without interference by public authority…”
No-one should libel anyone with impunity and it’s true that American libel laws are less draconian than the UK’s, however the fact that the American publishers appear to have had no such qualms and that you can still buy this book on Amazon shows the absurdity of the situation. The ghosts of the Lady Chatterley trial and the attempted banning of Peter Wright’s M15 memoir SpyCatcher loom.
No such problems exist in Australia and the book is available for $29.99.