Free Speech and Cheap Reputations

7 02 2010

Index on Censorship and English Pen produced a widely publicised report “Free Speech is not for Sale”.  A copy can be downloaded here. This report  concludes that “English libel law has a negative impact on freedom of expression, both in the UK and around the world”.   The report makes 10 recommendations as follows: Read the rest of this entry »





Freedom of Expression, Privacy and Supreme Court

7 02 2010

supreme court logoIn a thoughtful speech entitled “Freedom of Expression and the Role of a Supreme Court” Dame Mary Arden considered a number of freedom of expression cases which had come before Supreme Courts around the world.  She posed the question as to whether Supreme courts should lead the development of the law in this area or leave sensitive matters to democratically elected politicians. Read the rest of this entry »





Lord Hoffmann and Libel Tourism

7 02 2010

Former Law Lord Lord Hoffmann has delivered a strong defence of the current state of English libel law insofar as it relates to “foreigners” in his Dame Ann Ebsworth Memorial Lecture at Inner Temple Hall. His lecture can be found here.

Lord Hoffmann argued that English libel law does not unduly encourage libel tourism and that the well-publicised complaints in this regard stem from an American tendency “to believe that their way is the only way” and the self-interest of the British press. Read the rest of this entry »