In the U.K. now, says U.S. press freedom specialist Peter Scheer, executive director of the First Amendment Coalition, “Whenever they say you can’t print, you can still put it online,” and it’s hard to trace back to the individual. “They can still make somebody very uncomfortable,” he adds, “but there’s nothing they can do to prevent it getting out.”

Christopher D. Cook is an independent journalist in the United Kingdom and the author of Diet for a Dead Planet: Big Business and the Coming Food Crisis, published in 2004.