Please join us in Parliament on Wednesday 9th November to tell MPs why libel reform has to happen now.
The Joint Committee on the Draft Defamation Bill has urged the government to strengthen their proposals for reform, in line with recommendations from the Libel Reform Campaign. There is still work to be done to protect free speech from the stifling effects of current libel law: to provide a stronger, wider and more accessible public interest defence; and to make sure proposals on the internet work for bloggers and forums.
Our biggest battle will be to make sure libel reform does not get pushed off a crowded parliamentary agenda. It is vital that ensure Parliamentarians know the strength of support for libel reform. Please join us and supporters including Simon Singh, Which?, Mumsnet, Nature, Society of Editors, Global Witness, Facebook and Liberty:
Wednesday 9th November 2011, 6 - 7 pm
Committee Room 10, House of Commons
If you haven’t already, could you write to your MP to tell them you will be at the meeting and would like them to attend too? You can find their email address here www.theyworkforyou.com
You could also ask them to meet with you before the event, say between 4.00 and 6.00 pm, so you can tell them directly why this is so important and to ask them what they can do to ensure libel reform is dealt with in parliament sooner rather than later.
Our document `What should a defamation bill contain?’ outlines the important points. Many of the proposals here were included in the recent report by the Joint Scrutiny Committee. However, there is still work to be done towards a stronger, clearer public interest defence and to ensure people writing on the internet are protected.
Entrance to Parliament on Wednesday will be via the Cromwell Green entrance (PDF map here http://www.parliament.uk/documents/upload/faxmap.pdf). You will need to allow at least 20 minutes to get through security. The event will begin promptly at 6.00 pm so please make sure you are seated in the room by then. You can print a copy of the invitation to bring with you here.
Every day we hear about new cases of scientists, publishers and bloggers being threatened with libel action. We have we got to this historic point with your support. If we let the momentum slip now, the opportunity for change could be lost. Please come on Wednesday to show MPs that libel law reform can’t wait and join us in a nearby pub afterwards to continue the discussion.