TWO SMALL independent bookshops, Housmans and Bookmarks, are fighting the threat of a libel case. They face a case brought by someone criticised in Searchlight magazine in 1993. The shops' defence is based on the impossibility of small bookshops taking responsibility for what is in the thousands of publications they stock.
'When the BNP has three council seats in Britain, it is important that bookshops are free to stock anti-racist literature without fear of legal proceedings,' said Bookmarks manager Judith Orr.
A defence campaign has been launched to raise funds for the shops' legal defence.
Send donations to Bookshop Libel Fund c/o Bookmarks, 1 Bloomsbury Street, London WC1B 3QE, or c/o Housmans, 5 Caledonian Road, London N1 9DX.