27 June 2012
Brian Cox and Dara O Briain lobby for defamation law reform
Professor Brian Cox has today (June 27th) presented a petition to the prime minister's office requesting reforms to the defamation bill.
The scientist was joined by comedian Dara O Briain - who studied mathematics and theoretical physics at University College Dublin - in handing over the document featuring 60,000 names to Downing Street.
Many academics and scientists believe this area of legislation should be changed on the basis that present rules prevent open and honest debates on issues such as new medication and equipment from taking place.
Earlier this year, it emerged that the government is potentially open to making alterations to this legislation in order to make articles published in peer-reviewed journals exempt from defamation action.
And prof Cox and O Briain - along with current libel defendants such as Dr Peter Wilmhurst and Simon Singh - have today attended a rally for change in the House of Commons before then presenting their petition to David Cameron.
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Posted by Chris Stevenson