Embarrassment over Stormont Executive’s shameful failiure to support UK wide free speech and libel reform

I’m obliged to Jeff Dudgeon for drawing attention to the latest failure by the Executive. It has come to light that the Stormont powers that be failed to agree on bringing Northern Ireland into line with the English Defamation Bill and so bring much needed reform to the libel laws – if the Bill isn’t messed up by confusing the issues with the quite distinct ones of  press regulation and the Leveson agenda. No reason was given apparently. The Bill’s main plank is …

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