Hurrah! A Defamation Bill was announced today as part of the Queen’s Speech at the State Opening of Parliament.
The Government will introduce a Bill in the next few days/weeks, not unlike the draft they consulted on last year. This means it still needs work. Specifically: stronger provisions for public interest reporting; a tougher ‘harm’ threshold to weed out the trivial claims and stop wealthy people using the High Court as a branch of their PR teams; protections for ISPs and hosts who currently have to field spurrious takedown notices; and a ban on companies suing for libel.
In March I produced a series of short videos for the Libel Reform Campaign, explaining each of these points.
You should join the Libel Reform Campaign bandwagon here.