Libel Cases In The UK Hit A Ten Year High... Just As People Were Declaring Libel Dead In The US
from the something's-wrong.. dept
Unfortunately, the UK is still stuck with its incredibly antiquated libel laws that put the burden on the accused and can create significant problems for people accused in cases where the goals are clearly to silence speech someone doesn't like, rather than deal with actual defamation. That can create massive chilling effects.
And, in the meantime, it can create a rash of libel lawsuits. So just a few months removed from the (not quite accurate) news that libel is "over" in the US, comes the news that libel cases in the UK have hit a 10-year high, fueled in large part by the internet. While the internet should be seen as an alternative to libel lawsuits, instead many are now seeing comments of others as being worth a libel suit in the UK. The article quotes people pointing out that these lawsuits are "expensive and often unnecessary." Seems like even more evidence for the UK to finally getting around to fixing libel law in the UK.