Britain's libel reform bill hijacked
"The Libel Reform Campaign has worked hard to win the case for reform - to show the chilling effects of the current law on citizens, to secure commitment from the three main parties and to get a bill that ends bullying and protects the public interest.This is very, very important indeed. If these hijackers get their way, a lot of stories about tax havens (among many other important things) will go untold, because journalists will be too terrified of the libel vengeance to investigate and publish.
We did all of this and politicians rose above the fray to work together on it.
But it is now threatened. As you may have read over the past week, the bill has been hijacked by a group of peers who have inserted amendments to introduce press regulation proposals from the Leveson debate 'by the back door'. The bill needs to go back before the Commons in the next two weeks, but the Government has not tabled it. It has to do so, because if the bill does not complete its passage before the parliamentary session ends in late April or early May it will be lost."
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