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MoJ unveils proposals for libel reforms: comment and reaction
by Suzi Ring
Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke has unveiled a raft of new proposals to reform libel law in England and Wales and bolster freedom of speech.
The draft Defamation Bill sets out a number of changes to current defamation laws, including a requirement for claimaints to demonstrate 'substantial harm' before a claim can be pursued.
With regards to the much-touted issue of libel tourism, the bill proposes that defamation against a person who is not based in the UK can now only be heard in domestic courts if it is "clearly the most appropriate place".
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