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JUDGE DISMISSES LAWSUIT AGAINST READER'S DIGEST

 JUDGE DISMISSES LAWSUIT AGAINST READER'S DIGEST
 PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y., Nov. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Reader's Digest today


claimed victory against the Church of Scientology, which had filed a lawsuit in Switzerland attempting to prevent distribution of an article critical of the sect.
 Worldwide Editor-in-Chief Kenneth Y. Tomlinson said: "This is a victory for free speech. We refused to be censored by a dangerous, cunning cult -- and we won."
 In Lausanne, Switzerland, Judge Laurent de Mestral lifted an injunction barring Reader's Digest from distributing copies of its October issue, which featured "Scientology: A Dangerous Cult Goes Mainstream." The judge also denied the Scientologists' request that the magazine be ordered to run an article representing the sect's views.
 Despite the judge's temporary restraining order, Reader's Digest mailed 326,000 copies of its Swiss French and Swiss German editions to subscribers. However, the judge barred almost 15,000 more copies from distribution at newsstands.
 As a result of the judge's decision today, the October issue featuring the Scientology article will be available on Swiss newsstands within a few days.
 The article appeared in nearly all Reader's Digest editions worldwide, reaching an estimated 100 million people. The magazine has 41 editions in 17 languages.
 In dismissing the Scientologists' lawsuit, Judge Laurent de Mestral said: "It cannot be denied that distribution of this article is in the public interest."
 The Scientologists also tried to prevent publication of the article in France, Italy, the Netherlands and Germany. Only the Lausanne court had granted a temporary injunction. The article originally appeared in Time magazine.
 The cult also tried to prevent publication of a May 1980 Reader's Digest special investigative report in South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and Denmark. Injunctions were denied in each country. The magazine also published an original article about the cult in September 1981.
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