World science journalists object to English libel laws

English libel laws have become an international menace. More than 500 journalists from around the world have joined a call (1) to keep libel laws out of science and to urge changes in the English law, which has a wider jurisdiction than most, fewer defences and much higher costs. These force people threatened with libel to settle rather than defend themselves and have led to cases being brought in the London courts instead of in the countries where material is written and published.

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