Fwd: LM NEWS: The end of LM magazine

Doug Henwood dhenwood at panix.com
Wed Mar 29 05:29:13 PST 2000

[I sure had my disagreements with these folks, but British libel laws are a total disgrace, and I'm sorry to see this happen.]

Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2000 13:24:29 +0100 To: "LM-commentary" <LM-commentary at mail.informinc.co.uk> From: LM <lm at informinc.co.uk> Subject: LM NEWS: The end of LM magazine


Statement by Mick Hume, editor

On Tuesday 14 March, the High Court ordered the connections of LM magazine to pay ITN and two of its journalists a total of £375 000 in libel damages. The next day, we received a letter from ITN's lawyers, Biddle, demanding the money. Within a week they had sent another demand, with court order attached.

As a consequence of this, Informinc (LM) Ltd, the company which publishes the magazine, is now having to go into liquidation, cease trading and make its employees redundant. Myself as editor, and Helene Guldberg as co-publisher, also face the threat of personal bankruptcy.

The current April 2000 edition of LM will be the last monthly issue. We are trying to raise the finance to publish a final, bumper issue of LM in the summer, and go out with all guns blazing.

The LM-initiated Institute of Ideas, a series of events planned to take place from June to July, will go ahead in partnership with major institutions in London, including the British Library, the Royal Institution, the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal Society of Arts, Tate Modern, and the Union Chapel Project. A new company, the Academy of Ideas, has been set up by Claire Fox to coordinate these events.

We would like to thank all of our subscribers and Friends of LM for their support. They will be contacted directly about the implications of the magazine's closure.

Anybody who can help to finance the final issue of LM should get in touch with Helene Guldberg on (020) 7269 9228.

The LM Online website will continue to operate for the time being (at www.informinc.co.uk).

As for the post-LM future of magazine publishing, watch this space.

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