Briefing Document / May 28, 2010

Letter in support of Lord Lester's libel reform bill

Lord Lester has proposed a Private Members Bill on defamation which incorporates many of the previous government's recommendations for the rebalancing of England's libel laws back in favour of the public interest and freedom of speech.

This letter from Global Witness Founding Director Charmian Gooch urges the new coalition government to write these proposals into law, and lays out the reasons why libel reform will be crucial to the ability of campaigning organisations to work to expose matters of public interest.