Libel reform included in Queen's Speech

A new bill proposed to end libel tourism.

Libel reform included in Queen's Speech
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The Libel Reform Campaign has claimed victory after defamation reform was included in the Queen’s Speech to Parliament today.

The group – a coalition of charities English PEN, Index on Censorship and Sense About Science – has been campaigning to reform libel law since November 2009 and claims to have received the backing of more than 100 organisations and 60,000 members of the public.

It said the new bill would “open the way to ending libel tourism” and protect free expression for journalists, writers, bloggers and scientists.

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