At present, libel claims are extremely expensive to bring or defend. This means that many journalists and other writers are unable to defend themselves against libel suits from rich claimants, even if they stand by what they have written. At the same time, individuals who have been unfairly smeared by large media outlets cannot afford to bring a libel case to court, to restore their reputation. Reform of procedure and costs has therefore been a central pillar of the Libel Reform Campaign’s demands for reform.
English PEN and Index on Censorship have been funded by the Nuffield Foundation to run a research project, examining alternative dispute resolution procedures, and how they might be implemented in libel cases.
The Alternative Libel Project Preliminary Report was launched on 6th October 2011 and is available to download as a PDF.
Originally posted with the url: www.englishpen.org/aboutenglishpen/campaigns/reformingthelibellaws/alternativelibelproject/