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BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 03 February 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c645

Expert panel will look at libel laws: The justice secretary, Jack Straw, has set up a working group to consider changes to the laws on libel in England and Wales. The panel includes journalists, lawyers, and the Medical Research Council’s chief executive, Leszek Borysiewicz. It will look into concerns that the current law is having a “chilling effect” on freedom of expression. It will also examine whether academics and scientists can defend their remarks on the basis …

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