UK’s reputation is being damaged by “overly flexible” libel law, say MPs

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 01 March 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c1198
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

    The UK government should consider introducing laws to curb “libel tourism” and make it harder for corporations to sue for defamation, an influential committee of MPs has suggested.

    The House of Commons Culture, Media, and Sport committee urged the current Ministry of Justice’s review of libel law to take account of the “well founded” concerns of scientists about the harmful effects of the law on their ability to comment. The review should look particularly at the defence of fair comment as applied to academic, peer reviewed publications, the MPs said.

    The committee’s report comes after libel actions in the UK courts by US biotechnology manufacturers against the British cardiologist Peter …

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