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Libel Reform – FWD from email
Received this earlier today. Libel laws in the UK are pretty silly, its where people from all over the world come when they want to hide information that is in the public interest to know.

I’ll get back to clothes in a bit.

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Dear supporter
First of all, thank you from the Libel Reform Campaign for signing our petition at www.libelreform.org.
In the run up to the 2010 general election we have a unique opportunity to press for libel law reform so that journalists, scientists, authors, academics and bloggers do not find themselves hauled through the courts.
We are pushing MPs hard with thousands of emails and letters supporting our campaign. Already we have had a major success with Jack Straw, the Justice Secretary, forming a government working party, including members of the campaign, to look at reforming our libel law. The Liberal Democrats took our campaigning seriously last year when they made Libel Reform a manifesto commitment. Senior Tories are now looking into the issue in detail thanks to our campaigning – and most importantly, your support. We need to make sure that everyone involved in writing manifestos before the next general election understands why the libel laws of England and Wales are unfair, against the public interest and internationally criticised.
Representatives of the campaign are meeting Jack Straw on 3rd February. We need your help showing Mr Straw that wholesale libel reform is a public concern. Please get 10 more people to sign the petition, blog about it and Tweet the link to show him how strong public feeling is.
www.libelreform.org/sign
We want to see the responses you get from MPs. Please forward any responses to MPreply@libelreform.org
English PEN, Index on Censorship and Sense About Science rely on donations to keep the campaign going. We really need your help – please help us keep the campaign going by donating here:
www.libelreform.org/donate
With best wishes,
The Libel Reform Campaign
news@libelreform.org
The Libel Reform Campaign relies on your donations, big and small. You can donate here: www.justgiving.com/libelreform. You can read our Privacy Policy here: www.libelreform.org/sign.

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Written by alexwalsh

January 18, 2010 at 1:22 pm

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