Opinion: “Lord Lester’s defamation bill should be more radical” – Siobhain Butterworth

28 06 2010

Media defence lawyers and others hoping for a radical overhaul of libel law are likely to be disappointed by Lord Lester’s defamation bill, but not bitterly. Speaking at the Libel Reform campaign‘s launch of his proposed legislation this week, Lester said: “I wanted a bill that is a fair balance between the right of free speech on the one hand and the right to a good reputation on the other.” No one is going to quarrel with that. Read the rest of this entry »





Opinion: “Some comments on proposals for reform of laws governing freedom of expression and the media in Europe” – Alastair Mullis

28 06 2010

In the last couple of years, calls for reform of the laws that restrict and / or prevent the media and others from publishing articles on matters of public interest have become increasingly insistent. In the UK, a very successful campaign spear-headed by Index on Censorship and English Pen has been demanding reform to the English law of defamation. Read the rest of this entry »