Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Analysis of England's new defamation bill

In response to arguments against the  plaintiff-friendly approach to defamation in England, which has led to some calling London the "libel capital of the world", the British government has unveiled a new new defamation bill which, among other things attempts to limit the practice of "libel tourism" - the practice of bringing libel lawsuits in Britain even in situations where the case has limited connection to the jurisdiction. 

The Citizen Media Law Project has published a short analysis of the proposed new law here.  It concludes that although the bill does make noteworthy progress on the problem of libel tourism, it takes at least one, if not several, steps backward when it comes to anonymous online speech.  Go here for the full report.

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