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Labour pledges reform of libel laws

Manifesto urges reform to encourage freedom of speech.

The manifesto seeks to introduce a new legislation on libel which will protect the right of defendants to speak freely and mentioned plans to introduce tough new anti-digital piracy measures, the Guardian reports. The party said it recognised the need to encourage freedom of speech and access to information following high-profile news about the impact of super-injunctions, libel tourism and the huge money spent on such cases. It reiterated their plans to support the BBC and the BBC Trust, and fund regional news pilots from the licence fee.

The manifesto also sought to protect the future of Channel 4 as a public-sector broadcaster and specified the government's plans to introduce a tax relief for the UK video-games industry and a 50p-per-month tax on landlines to pay for superfast broadband.