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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.

18 March 2010

Why we were right to fight

Ten years after a libel trial closed LM magazine, its former editor reflects on how that case foreshadowed the battles over free speech today.

25 November 2009

Don’t make libel law ‘fairer’. Make it history

If we are serious about defending freedom of speech, then English libel should be sentenced to death.