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21 March 2017

‘Liberal’ libel law: still a disgrace to democracy

The Hopkins case suggests the ‘new dawn’ for libel laws was false.

10 March 2017

£24,000 for a tweet? What a dark day for free speech

The suing of Katie Hopkins is a scandal.

25 October 2016

Of course Donald Trump loves England’s libel laws

Trump’s instinctual illiberalism is of a piece with our backward laws.

30 July 2015

How English libel laws dent free speech across the globe

A Russian case heard in London exposed the unjustness of our laws.

Time to lose the libel laws

Former All Black Joe Karam’s serial suing for defamation is an affront to public debate.

10 March 2014

In defence of ‘uninhibited, robust’ public debate

Why we should all celebrate the 50th birthday of New York Times v Sullivan.

28 February 2013

With Leveson and libel, reforms are not enough

The Lords’ attempt to sneak a ‘Leveson law’ through the back door shows the need for a more principled fight for freedom of expression.

27 November 2012

Is there a better way to deal with witch hunts?

Legal action is not the best way of holding to account the kind of modern-day irrationalists who smeared Lord McAlpine.

17 March 2011

Two cheers for libel law reform

The draft Defamation Bill still leaves too much power in the hands of judges to decide what can be published.

11 January 2011

Scrapping ‘libel tourism’ is not enough

Nick Clegg’s proposals are welcome. But to protect free speech we need to gag England’s libel laws completely.