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Lord Lester's Defamation Bill 2010: A Practical Analysis

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This article critically analyses Lord Lester's 2010 Defamation Bill which is proposed as the basis for the government's draft Defamation Bill in 2011. The article looks at the potential practical impact of some of the Bill's provisions and highlights certain issues that would arise for the public and media alike if the Bill in its current form were to become law. The discussion covers responsible publication on matters of public interest; honest comment; the multiple publication rule; the ability of corporations to sue; a requirement that the claimant prove substantial harm; changes to the law on qualified privilege; and the question of publication outside the jurisdiction. The article also briefly considers what has been omitted from the Bill and whether, overall, its introduction would serve the public interest.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: December 1, 2010

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