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Reforming Libel Law in the United Kingdom (NYC Event)
Location:OSI-New York
Event Date:October 20, 2011
Event Time:6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Speakers:Aryeh Neier, Lord Lester of Herne Hill, John Kampfner, Victor Kovner
English libel law is an international problem. It has been condemned by a UN Human Rights Committee report, President Obama signed into law bipartisan legislation protecting Americans from its effects, and a UK Parliamentary committee described it as a national humiliation.
John Kampfner, the CEO of Index on Censorship, explains how his organization alongside partners built a coalition of 60,000 supporters, and forced politicians to act with the first wholesale attempt at libel reform since 1843. The Libel Reform Campaign has been one of the most successful NGO campaigns of recent years, dominating the legal, media and public discourse on these laws.
This discussion on the Libel Reform Campaign (supported by the Open Society Foundations) will cover:
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The moderator will be Aryeh Neier, President of the Open Society Foundations.
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