British government plans to reform libel laws along Irish lines

The British government has outlined plans for a libel reform bill, similar to the extensive reform just undertaken in Ireland, but the draft legislation won’t be introduced before the general election next month.

17th April, 2010

The British government has outlined plans for a libel reform bill, similar to the extensive reform just undertaken in Ireland, but the draft legislation won’t be introduced before the general election next month.

The bill will give investigative journalists more protection, take account of the widening use of the internet and prevent use of the British courts to gag criticism.

Defamation actions in Britain can be brought within a year of publication, but...

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