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Nick Clegg backing Libel Laws for Web

Nick Clegg backing Libel Laws for Web

Broadband ISPs have received good news from Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, who has called the UK's existing libel laws "a laughing stock" and promised to support the updating of defamation rules for the internet age.

Internet service providers have continually raised their concerns over their position - and legal stance - when there are issues with somebody else's online content including blogs and forum posts.

The new Defamation Bill 2011, which is currently being drafted by the government's Justice Minister (Lord McNally), is expected to be published this Spring 2011 and will make it harder for commercial companies to clamp down on free speech and consumer opinion, both in the online and offline world.

Deputy PM, Nick Clegg, said: "The test of a free press is its capacity to unearth the truth, exposing charlatans and vested interests along the way. It's simply not right when academics and journalists are effectively bullied into silence by the prospect of costly legal battles with wealthy individuals and big businesses.

We intend to provide a new statutory defence for those speaking out in the public interest and to clarify the law around the existing defences of fair comment and justification."


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