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reforming libel laws

The Alternative Libel Project

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

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Is it Time for A British First Amendment?

A roundtable hosted by English PEN and Index on Censorship Thursday 11th March Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, London EC1R 3GA Notorious cases of ‘libel tourism’ have led to growing calls for the reform of English libel law, not least from the United States, where new laws have been passed to defend American citizens

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BBC concedes toTrafigura

BBC concede to Trafigura and settle libel action, costs predicted to be £3 million Index on Censorship and English PEN today have expressed dismay that the BBC has conceded the libel action brought by toxic waste shippers Trafigura in the High Court. We believe this is a case of such high public interest that it

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Briefing paper: Free speech, libel law and super-injunctions

English PEN and Index on Censorship, two of the UK’s leading free expression organisations, are conducting a public inquiry into libel law. The decision to launch this inquiry reflects increasing concern in this country and abroad about the extent to which our courts are being used, and abused, to stifle investigative journalism and chill free

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MPs and NGOs call for ban on super-injunctions

Index on Censorship and English PEN today welcomed MPs’ robust response in this afternoon’s adjournment debate to Carter-Ruck’s attempts to gag Parliamentary reporting, and called on them to strengthen the public’s right to information by banning the use of so-called ‘super-injunctions’ except in extreme circumstances. Jo Glanville, Editor of Index on Censorship, said: ‘The widespread

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