moderator edit: actual story link heraldsun.com.au/news/breaking-news/lebanon-may-sue-hit-us-tv-show-homeland/story-e6frf7k6-1226499753201)
I was mildly puzzled to find out that Lebanon is to sue the hit US TV series “Homeland”( now showing on Channel Four in the UK in its second series, see www.antiwar.com, October 20, 2012. Full disclosure here: I- along with many others including current US President Barack Obama are fans of this show), ostensibly for defaming the country’s image( NB, no individual Lebanese citizens claim defamation, they just don’t like the fact that places in the country are in reality filmed in neighbouring Israel and the fact that armed militias such as Hezbollah- “Party Of God”- control large swathes of Beirut and other cities).
I wonder if the Lebanese authorities will bring suit against FOX TV( which produces “Homeland” apparently) not in the US courts but in the time dishonoured system of “libel tourism” here in the UK.
CAN you claim that an entire nation -as opposed to given individuals- can be defamed?
( I think not personally).