DONE! Lords Pass Defamation Bill! Simon Singh, Et Al, Rejoice #UK #LibelReform

Isn’t it ALWAYS the way, that big things happen when you’re stuck on public transport?

He also writes: “Big thanks to ProfBrianCox & DaveGorman who were at Penderel’s Oak 4 years ago, kickstarting #LibelReform science campaign”which was FOUR years ago.

Full story over on The Guardian:

Laws that led to London being dubbed “the libel capital of the world” will be reformed after peers in the Lords voted to pass the defamation bill, ending a three-year campaign led by Liberal Democrat peers Lord McNally and Lord Lester.

Libel reform campaigners said they were “delighted” overall that defamation reform was finally passing into law, although they were disappointed by the failure of a bid to bar private companies contracted to run schools, prisons or healthcare from suing ordinary citizens who criticised the work they do for the taxpayer.

Well done to Sense about Science, all the campaigners and supporters!

Of course, there’s always another battle on the horizon – do support #AllTrials too (go here!)

 

About Kylie Sturgess

Kylie Sturgess is a Philosophy teacher, media and psychology student, blogger at Patheos and podcaster at Token Skeptic. She has conducted over a hundred interviews including artists, scientists, politicians and activists, worldwide.
She’s the author of the ‘Curiouser and Curiouser‘ column at the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry website and travels internationally lecturing on feminism, skepticism, and science.


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