McLibel

Author: Franny Armstrong

This updated edition of McLibel, released in April 2005 in London, covers the story of two English campaigners who were sued for libel by the McDonald's corporation in 1990. Helen Steel and Dave Morris had produced and distributed a flier entitled "What's wrong with McDonald's?", exposing the exploitative, deceptive and cruel practices of the company.

Helen and Dave chose to fight the case, which became the longest-running case in English legal history.

After the verdict was delivered in 1997, Helen and Dave then took the British Government to the European Court of Human Rights, on the grounds that English libel laws breach the Europeans Convention of Human Rights, denying legal aid to defendants such as themselves, and allowing wealthy, powerful corporations such as McDonald's an unfair advantage. The verdict for the European trial was delivered in February 2005, and was decided in favour of Helen and Dave.
Mclibel was screened on Taiwan's Public Television PTS on 25 November 2005.

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Reviews (Spanner Films' McLibel site)

Read about the McLibel case

Read "I'm lovin' it": Guardian Unlimited, March 4, 2006