Lord Lester speaks out on defamation bill ahead of Lib Dem conference
“My Bill contains stronger and clearer defences and strikes a fairer balance between private reputation and public information,” Lord Anthony Lester writes, ahead of the Liberal Democrat party conference in Liverpool.
“It is not a charter for irresponsible journalism, nor a rigid code. Rather, it is a framework of principles and factors to be taken into account so that the law is applied with a sense of proportion.”
Writing on Lib Dem Voice, Lord Lester describes the “pressing need” for libel reform and outlines his hope “that a Joint Committee of both Houses of Parliament will scrutinise the Government’s draft Bill, and that the final version will become law in 2012.”