Include public interest defence in libel bill, say campaigners

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 29 June 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e4477
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

Campaigners demanded a new public interest defence against libel claims in England and Wales and a ban on corporations suing for libel, in a rally at the UK parliament in London this week.

The Campaign for Libel Reform presented a petition with more than 60 000 signatures to 10 Downing Street calling for the measures to be included in the Defamation Bill, now going through parliament.

The campaign—made up of Sense About Science, English PEN, and Index on Censorship—persuaded all three main political parties that reform was needed to tackle the chilling effect of …

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