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Libel: Internet

Volume 497: debated on Monday 12 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what progress his Department has made in its review of the effects of the internet on the operation of libel laws. (292091)

We published a consultation paper “Defamation and the Internet: the multiple publication rule” on 16 September 2009. This consultation seeks views on the effect of the multiple publication rule (which provides that each publication of defamatory material can form the basis of a new cause of action) in relation to online archives and will close on 16 December 2009.

The Government will consider other issues in relation to the law of libel in the light of any recommendations that the Department for Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee may wish to make in its forthcoming report on its inquiry into Press Standards, Privacy and Libel.