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Libel law

Sally Bercow In Court Over Tweet About Lord McAlpine

Sally Bercow libelled Lord McAlpine, High Court rules

24 May 2013 11:14

Welcome, Sally Bercow, to the naughtiest club in town: the Libel Club. The colourful Mrs Bercow has often got it in the neck from the press; what with her demimondaine ways… Continue reading

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Representatives of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament stand outside Downing Street to hand a letter to the Prime Minister calling for the withdrawal of the British naval task force heading for the Falklands because the government refused to deny the presence of nuclear weapons in the task force. (Picture: Press Association)

CND cannot rewrite its own history

29 April 2013 14:28

Last week I recorded an edition of Hardtalk for the BBC which has gone out today.  It is a discussion with Kate Hudson, the General Secretary of the Campaign for… Continue reading

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A picture taken on December 7, 2012, shows  snow clad grave of Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky with his portrait on the tomb. Picture: ANDREY SMIRNOV/AFP/Getty Images

Arraigning a corpse

19 February 2013 17:45

Part 1 “Russian Justice” A judge at Moscow’s Tverskoi District Court stopped the trial of Sergei Magnitsky (above) yesterday – but not because the defendant was dead. Magnitsky’s demise was… Continue reading

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Ministry Of Justice Release The Files Relating To The Death Of Dr David Kelly

A day for celebration, but more must be done to protect free speech

12 June 2012 14:30

It’s not often that three relatively small NGOs can change politics. So today’s parliamentary debate on the Defamation Bill is cause for considerable pride, among my former colleagues at Index… Continue reading

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The chilling effect of the Phil Woolas case

17 November 2010 21:53

We Spectator bloggers are now living under a new regime. Rather than posting our blogs ourselves, we now have to go through the Spectator.com editors. This is all very sensible.… Continue reading

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The growing case for libel reform

4 November 2010 11:56

Policy Exchange’s work on Islamism has been some of the most important undertaken by a think-tank in recent years. It has influenced and bolstered the thinking of brave politicians in… Continue reading

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How Whelan & Co. exploit Britain’s libel laws

18 April 2010 18:15

The Charlie Whelan problem is intensifying for Labour, with more revelations in the Mail on Sunday today taking on from our cover story in this week’s magazine. Whelan’s behaviour may… Continue reading

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Amnesty International, Moazzam Begg and the Bravery of Gita Sahgal

7 February 2010 11:21

It is not often that my cynical jaw drops open at a story in the papers. But the piece on page 13 of the Sunday Times provoked just such a… Continue reading

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The NYT: The Detroit bomber was radicalised in London

30 December 2009 17:18

It is a depressing fact that the Detroit bomber appears to have been radicalised in London. Today, the New York Times takes an extensive look at the bomber’s radicalisation in… Continue reading

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Progress On Our Pernicious Libel Laws

3 December 2009 17:31

It was great to see the cover story in Progress about this country’s pernicious libel laws. The magazine did well to commission Jonathan Heawood, the rather brilliant director of English… Continue reading

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Carter-Ruck’s Own Goal

14 October 2009 1:21

I make no particular comment about this chatty stroll through the ways and means of getting an injunction, save to note that it was written by Nigel Tait, a partner… Continue reading

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Rejoice, rejoice, rejoice

13 October 2009 13:52

The Guardian is reporting that, “Within the last hour, Trafigura’s lawyers Carter-Ruck, abandoned an attempt to prevent the Guardian from reporting proceedings in parliament which revealed its existence.” This is… Continue reading

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