Free Speech Isn't Free In Northern Ireland

The Northern Ireland Libel Reform Campaign has brought together writers, journalists, scientists, academics, human rights advocates and civil society organisations to fight for reform of the law of libel in Northern Ireland.

The current law of libel in Northern Ireland is chilling open discussion about matters of public interest including academic and scientific research.

We believe that the Northern Ireland Assembly should apply the Defamation Act 2013 to Northern Ireland to better protect our free speech.

If the consultation shows support for reform, we call on Assembly members to apply the Defamation Act with immediate effect. The people of Northern Ireland should be allowed to enjoy the benefits of a reformed law that better balances free expression with reputation.

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