Leveson, royal charter(s), libel reform – UK law is changing and its impact on the internet is yet to become clear. The recent controversy over the possible inclusion of blogs in the new exemplary damages provisions in the Crime and Courts Bill illustrated some of the issues and concerns.
While changes to libel law have been hailed as creating a wider space for free expression, the Lord McAlpine controversy showed how ignorant many social media users are about libel. And worse still, many users of Twitter and other social media believe it gives them the freedom to abuse and threaten other users, women in particular.
There will be three sessions during the day:
Libel (10.30-12.00) - chaired by Judith Townend (Meeja Law)
- David Osler (journalist, victor in political libel case)
- Dave Morris (McLibel defendant)
- Mark Scodie (Solicitor, Bates Wells & Braithwaite London LLP)
Online abuse and threats (13:00-14:30) - chaired by Professor Yuri Obata (Visiting International Researcher at Goldsmiths)
- Jennifer Perry (Digital Stalking)
- Hamish Brown MBE (former Met Police officer, expert on stalking)
- Kristiana Wrixon (helpline manager of the National Stalking Helpline)
Regulation (15:00-16:30) - chaired by Angela Philips (Media Reform Coalition)
Further speakers to be confirmed, get in touch with Donnacha DeLong firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like to join one of the panels.
Refreshments will be served in the morning, afternoon and after the final session (alas, there's no such thing as a free lunch).
If you're not an NUJ member, you can now join online.