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UK to give peer-reviewed science libel protection

scibri (2544842) writes | more than 2 years ago

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scibri writes "England is finally getting around to updating its nototiously plaintiff-friendly libel laws, which have been extensively criticised for stifling scientific debate in the past few years, such as in the case of Simon Singh. The government introduced a defamation bill last week that would extend explicit protection to to statements in scientific or academic journals — providing the work was properly peer reviewed. The protection would also extend to reports of academic and scientific conferences.

The proposed legislation is popular among the UK's researchers and journalists, but a similar law on whistleblower protection has had mixed reviews in the US."

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