Authors take on Tesco
29.04.08 | Philip Jones
A group of Britain’s leading authors has accused Tesco of using “deeply chilling” tactics to silence its critics. Nick Hornby and Mark Haddon are among the writers who have signed a letter in The Times today condemning the supermarket for prosecuting a Thai business leader for making a speech that decried Tesco’s expansion. If the supermarket is successful Jit Siratranont could be jailed.
Hornby and Haddon – together with Marina Lewycka and Deborah Moggach – have also put their names to a longer open letter arguing that a criminal libel prosecution and two civil actions against journalists represent a breach of their human rights.
The authors threw their weight behind the protest – organised by English PEN, a campaign group for freedom of expression – despite the combined sales of their books through Tesco being estimated at £2.5m.