Libel reform: success at last
After a long campaign supported by Mumsnet, the bill to reform England's outdated libel laws has finally been passed in Parliament.
We're very proud to have been part of an inspiring coalition of scientists, academics, politicians, activists and community groups, who fought hard to rebalance a situation that had protected powerful interests for too long.
Justine, Mumsnet co-founder and CEO, says: "As a long-time member of the Libel Reform Campaign, Mumsnet warmly welcomes the passage of the Defamation Bill. It's not perfect, but we applaud the hard work of everyone involved, and are very happy to have been a part of this much-needed reform."
Thanks so much to all the Mumsnetters who signed petitions, lobbied their MPs and generally made a fuss about this.
- Listen to Justine Roberts speak on BBC Radio 4 about the implication of a European Court of Human Rights ruling that made an Estonian website liable for its users comments October 2013
- Libel reform campaign: the government's draft bill
- Mumsnet's response to Lord Lester's Private Member's Bill
- Justine writes to the PM asking for urgent reforms to the Defamation Bill, November 2010
- Sign the national petition for libel law reform
- Mumsnet founder calls for clearer online libel laws, Martin Stabe, Press Gazette, May 2007
- Mum's the word from now on, Justine Roberts, Comment is Free , May 2007
- Outlaw news, May 2007
- Mumsnet calls for a change in the libel law, May 2006