Thursday, December 3, 2009
Britain's Justice Minister Says Libel Laws Will Be Reformed; They Are Having Chilling Effect On Free Speech
Britain's Justice secretary, Jack Straw, has announced a plan to attack "libel tourism," which he says is "chilling" democracy in the country, according to this Guardian article. Mr. Straw says that current status of libel law in Great Britain "threatens free speech by making it prohibitively expensive for publishers to defend themselves." Here's more from the New Statesman, which scored an exclusive interview with Mr. Straw.