Nick Clegg pledges to curb libel law’s ‘chilling effect’ on scientific inquiry

“English libel law is a ‘legal farce’ that needs urgent reform to stop it from gagging scientists and endangering public health, Nick Clegg said today. The Liberal Democrat leader promised a manifesto commitment to create a strong public interest defence to defamation claims, so that doctors and scientists are not kept from publishing research or speaking freely for fear of being sued …” (more)

[Mark Henderson, Times, 18 January]

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