Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Lord Lester - "I can’t think of any good reason to do that, unless it’s because politicians in Northern Ireland want to be able to sue newspapers more readily"

As Lord Lexden pointed out in the House of Lords debate of February 25 2014, "it was only through the persistence of journalists that it emerged that a single minister had rejected the Defamation Act 2013." That minister being former finance minister Sammy Wilson who opted out of using the 'legislative consent motion' which would have implemented the law. More can be read of this on the News Letter here and here. Also covered on Slugger O'Toole here and here.

Lord Lester - who tabled the libel law reform three years ago with a private member’s bill won cross-party support and was adopted by the Government - said:
"I can’t think of any good reason to do that, unless it’s because politicians in Northern Ireland want to be able to sue newspapers more readily, which doesn’t seem to me to be a very good reason."
The infamous Irish News libellous restaurant review here. Article by the Newspaper Society, 'Lords Warn Northern Ireland Faces 'Pariah' Status After Executive's Defamation Act Refusal', here.

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