The campaign says the Defamation Bill should include:
• easier ‘strike out’ of trivial or inappropriate claims • more effective and clearer defences • modernisation to accommodate the internet • rebalancing of the law to protect the ordinary individual or responsible publisher • a reduction in costs (and therefore more equal access for all parties)
The campaign says the measure of the Bill's success will be:
• whether there are fewer bullying and trivial cases • whether the chill on free speech and publication on matters in the public interest is reduced • whether there is improved protection for internet publication, including ‘citizen publishing’ and historical archives • whether individual citizens who have been defamed by a malicious, reckless or irresponsible false allegation can gain an effective remedy
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