Defamation actions which can chill or stifle scientific debate

“… These are only two conspicuous examples of a disturbing trend towards using the courts to prevent scientific debate. This is not what libel law is for. On the one hand, the right to a good name is a basic human right. On the other, the right to freedom expression is a central democratic principle. The aim of libel is to find the appropriate balance between these competing interests …” (more)

[Eoin O’Dell, Irish Times, 21 June]

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