Libel law reform could pose a serious test for Lord Justice Leveson
12 Aug 2012 0

The proposed defamation bill will force claimants to show ‘serious harm’ has been done to their reputations. Perhaps it’s a test that Leveson could make use of in press regulation.

The serious question henceforth will be: what hurts, apart from your pride and bank balance? Has a corporation, howling libel, lost business?? Has a family fractured? Will this be a change for the good because it involves real, not confected hurt? Can such welcome seriousness truly stop there, tucked away in one discrete region of media law?

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