Straw backs libel reform


12:37 pm - March 23rd 2010

by Unity    


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In what is, for bloggers, very welcome news, Index on Censorship are reporting that Jack Straw has announced that the government believes the case for libel reform has been made, and that the Ministry of Justice will now move to make reforms to England’s defamation laws, potentially with a Libel Reform Bill.

In terms of the specifics, it appears that the pernicious Brunswick (multiple publication) rule will go and will be replaced with a single publication rule operating under a one year limit, but with scope to allow judges to extend that limit where necessary.

Consideration is also to be given to the creation of a statutory defence for publications that are in the public interest and to procedural changes designed to curb the growth in libel tourism.

All-in-all this appears to be  several steps in the right direction and a significant victory for the ongoing Libel Reform campaign.

It is, however, only the beginning for campaigners.

What is now needed, and quickly, is the commitment of all the main political parties to, at least, the MOJ’s proposed reform package.

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I wonder if Michael Martin will continue to oppose libel reform?

Unity: “In terms of the specifics, it appears that the pernicious Brunswick (multiple publication) rule will go and will be replaced with a single publication rule operating under a one year limit, but with scope to allow judges to extend that limit where necessary.”

And an English language translation will be delivered shortly.

Too little. Too late. The story of of the past 13 years then….


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