The Defamation Bill - few surprises and little radicalism
As mentioned in our earlier post, the Government has today (15 March) launched its consultation on a new draft Defamation Bill, following on from Lord Lester's 2010 private member's version. The new bill contains few surprises, adding little to its 'private predecessor' and removing two controversial clauses, relating to internet service providers and corporations. It deals with eight main areas: 'substantial harm', the defences of public interest, truth, honest comment and privilege, 'single publication', libel tourism and trial by jury.
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