IT'S LIBEL TO CHANGE
Changes to the libel laws were one of the hottest topics of the last session of the new parliament - before being scuppered by West Bromwich East MP Tom Watson among others. Now new legislation has been launched in the Lords.
Lord Lester QC has published a Private Members’ Defamation Bill, rated by supporters as the first attempt in over a century to put forward a wholesale redraft of the libel laws.
The proposals include a statutory defence for responsible publication on a matter of public interest; and clarifying the defences of justification and fair comment, which would be renamed as ‘truth’ and ‘honest opinion’.
The Bill also:
The only question now is - will the Bill get the backing of the coalition government.
More details at www.libelreform.org
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