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Panel created to examine libel laws

Panel created to examine libel laws

A new panel has been created to look into libel laws in the UK, it has been revealed.

Justice secretary Jack Straw said the group would consider legal changes and would look into concerns that current rules are having a negative impact on freedom of expression.

The list of individuals who will take part includes senior lawyers, scientists and newspaper executives.

For example, Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, chief executive of the Medical Research Council, will feature on the panel, as will Robin Esser, executive managing editor at the Daily Mail.

Also participating are Sunday Times editor John Witherow, Tracey Brown, managing director of Sense About Science and David Banks, co-author of McNae's Essential Law for Journalists and a lecturer in media law at Sunderland University.

The group is expected to report its findings in the middle of March, according to Mr Straw - who took up his role of secretary of state for justice and lord chancellor in June 2007.

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