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Government u-turn over block on libel reform

The Government is reversing its decision to block the defamation bill amendment which aimed to protect critics from the financial might of corporations. Read the full story

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Peers drop part of Leveson amendment

The House of Lords has dropped part of its amendment to the Defamation Bill which defeated the Government in a bid to introduce Leveson-style regulation on the press. Read the full story

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Ancient lessons for today

“The causes of events are always more important than the events themselves.” Read the full story

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Reduced fine for the People’s ‘child rapist’ libel

Trinity Mirror will now only pay £50,000 instead of £75,000 to a man the People falsely accused of being a “child rapist” after the court of appeal noted that the paper had maintained his anonymity. Read the full story

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Sunday Times to review Lance Armstrong libel payout

The Sunday Times is looking into the possibility of reviewing the out-of-court settlement paid to Lance Armstrong in 2006 after the cyclist dropped his fight against doping charges being brought against him in the US. Read the full story

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People pays Charlotte Church libel damages

The People has been told to pay Charlotte Church libel damages and apologise after it published a story falsely claiming the singer had proposed to her boyfriend when drunk in a pub last year. Read the full story

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Fabrication or scoop?

The curious case of the Sussex university tutor who won his libel case against the London Evening Standard and the Daily Mail illustrates a fundamental misunderstanding between the public perception of how news works and the actual process of reporting stories. Read the full story

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Three-pronged libel reform

Lovely piece in the Times by Matthew Syed about the reaction to people flogging their Olympic torches on eBay. He pointed out that the torch relay is just another aspect of the commercial driver that surrounds the Games. Because the Olympics is mostly about marketing and commerce, to carp at those individuals lucky enough to be able to make a profit themselves is nothing more than sanctimonious jealousy – and rather comical. Read the full story

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“Before we all sink into a slough of digital dystopian despair, it might be worth considering this: is this a sign of the strength, not weakness, of revelatory journalism in the digital age?”


Charlie Beckett, director of POLIS at the London School of Economics, reacts to news that the UK government forced the Guardian into destroying hard drives that contained information leaked by Edward Snowden.


(Source: POLIS)

 

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