Hey, remember that time a couple of months ago when Trafigura tried to stop the Guardian from reporting what was said in Parliament? Want to stop the rich and powerful from using the threat of expensive court cases to bully writers, scientists and academics into censoring themselves? PEN and Index on Censorship have teamed up for a campaign to reform our libel laws, and you can sign it here. It also has a function to let you write to your MP to ask them to sign this Early Day Motion, presented by Evan Harris, and a small selection of some of the absurd libel cases that have been brought before our courts in recent years. My personal favourites, for sheer absurdity value, are Owlstalk, a Sheffield Wednesday fan forum which was sued, along with some of its individual members, for comments made about the club, and Al-Arabiya, a Dubai-based Arabic-language satellite TV network which was sued by a Tunisian politician, a case which the courts agreed to hear on the grounds that Al-Arabiya is available to British satellite viewers.
Go forth and sign. It won’t take long, and you know it’s the right thing to do.
(H/T Sunny at LibCon for this.)