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UK government promises bill to reform English libel law

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 12 July 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c3740
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

    The government hopes to introduce legislation next year to reform English libel law to protect freedom of speech and scientific debate, the justice minister, Tom McNally, has announced in the House of Lords.

    Speaking at the end of the second reading debate on the private member’s Defamation Bill promoted by the Liberal Democrat peer Anthony Lester (BMJ 2010;340:c3284, doi:10.1136/bmj.c3284), Lord McNally said that the government would consult on the issue over the summer.

    However, it would not simply adopt Lord Lester’s bill but would bring forward its own draft bill for consultation and pre-legislative scrutiny in the new year, with a view …

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