Libel Reform, Free Speech and the Coalition Government

12 05 2010

In all the excitement of coalition building and the breaking out of peace and harmony between former political rivals it is interesting to see what is being said about libel reform and free speech issues.  We mentioned last week that libel reform campaigners were lamenting the fact that two of their champions (Dr Harris and Ms Cash) were not elected on 7 May.  But they will be pleased to see that the issue has not been forgotten.  The new Con/Lib Coalition Government (the first since 1922) has published the full text of its “Coalition Agreement” and libel reform gets a mention.  Read the rest of this entry »





Elena Kagan and the Law of Libel

12 05 2010

President Obama has nominated his solicitor general, former Harvard Professor Elena Kagan, as a Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.  Her nomination has not been uncontroversial.  There is full coverage on Scot US Blog – which has the reactions of politicians and of nineteen different interest groups from “Alliance for Justice” to “People for the American Way”. Read the rest of this entry »