29 June 2010
Libel law amendments 'may not go far enough'
Amendments being proposed by Lord Lester to UK libel laws may not go far enough.
This is according to an opinion piece in the London Evening Standard by Roy Greenslade from City University London, who said that the measures being suggested should be more radical.
He claimed that the most serious problem currently facing media organisations is that when they are sued for libel, the burden of proof falls on them rather than the claimant.
This places the alleged libeller at "an immediate disadvantage", Professor Greenslade claimed.
However, he went on to note that the bill being drawn up by the peer does have its good points.
For example, defences based on truthfulness and fairness will be accepted and "it will make for more user-friendly defences, underscoring the importance of the public interest", he remarked.
Recently, Siobhain Butterworth suggested in the Guardian that Lord Lester's bill should go further.
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