Media Law Prof Blog

Editor: Christine A. Corcos
Louisiana State Univ.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Defamation Act, 2013 Goes Into Effect

The new UK Defamation Act, 2013, which came into effect on December 31, 2013, promises to cut down on frivolous litigation in the area of libel and protect free speech and fair comment, according to the Ministry of Justice. Said Justice Minister Shailesh Vara,

As a result of these new laws, anyone expressing views and engaging in public debate can do so in the knowledge that the law offers them stronger protection against unjust and unfair threats of legal action.

These laws coming into force represent the end of a long and hard-fought battle to ensure a fair balance is struck between the right to freedom of expression and people's ability to protect their reputation.

More here from the Guardian. Text of the new law here.

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