The rising cost of free speech: Reynolds, contempt and Twitter – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted April 12th, 2012 in contempt of court, defamation, freedom of expression, internet, news by sally

“Free speech is under attack. Or so it seems. The last few weeks have been abuzz with stories to do with free speech: a Supreme Court ruling on the Reynolds defence to libel; contempt of court proceedings against an MP for comments made in a book and the latest in a growing line of criminal trials for Twitter offences. The diversity of media at the heart of these stories – print news, traditional books and online ‘micro-blogging’ – indicates the difficulty of the task for the legal system.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 12th April 2012