UK's 'laughing stock' libel laws to be reformed, says Nick Clegg
Posted in: Government & Policy at 07/01/2011 18:46
Nick Clegg will tomorrow set out the most ambitious plans yet to relax Britain's libel laws, saying he will back a raft of reforms including a statutory public interest defence.
He will promise that a bill this spring, likely to reach the statute book in 2013 following hard-fought lobbying, will turn "English libel laws from an international laughing stock to an international blueprint".
The bill will also update defamation laws on the internet so as to provide greater defence for internet service providers. Government sources said they were still working on details of how to handle libel on the internet.