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Sorry, Kate Hudson, the days of suing the press for publicizing your alleged eating disorder may be over.

Yesterday, the British government unveiled a Defamation Bill targeted at amending libel laws that are often used for "libel tourism," a tactic where plaintiffs file a libel suit in a foreign jurisdiction (usually the U.K., where there is often little to no jurisdictional link) to take advantage of a media law regime that favors plaintiffs, according to the Media Law Resource Center.

The Defamation Bill also puts an end to the use of juries in libel trials except when absolutely necessary, in an effort to cut costs and speed up the court process.

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newspaper/2011/03/uk_unveils_libel_law_reforms_in_the_defe.php

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Ashley Stepanek

Date

2011-03-16 15:41

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Already saddled with an over-active reputation for "libel tourism," the U.K. is now also wrestling with its own domestic issue on the subject: whether suspects in a crime should be named in the media before they are proven guilty in a court of law.

This comes on the coattails of a murder case in the U.K. in which Chris Jeffries, identified by The Daily Mail as a "nutty professor with a blue rinse," was named aggressively throughout British media as being the main suspect with strong suggestion that he was the actual killer.

Why the strong suggestion? Mainly, it seems, because he's a weirdo.

The Independent quotes "strange ... lewd ... creepy ... Peeping Tom ... obsessed by death" as "just some of the words used by the populist press to describe Chris Jefferies." While Jeffries was arrested late last year in connection to the murder of his tenant, Joanna Yeates, he was released without charge, and another individual has since been charged.

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newspaper/2011/02/to_be_or_not_to_be_that_is_the_question.php

Author

Ashley Stepanek

Date

2011-02-02 14:08

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