|Science writer wins libel appeal Photo: englishpen|
The Joint Committee report on the Draft Defamation Bill has been published. Here's the official summary. The main points that jump out for me are:
There are recommendations to formalise the approach to notice and take down procedures on web forums; and to make a distinction between treatment of material from comments made by clearly named/identified individuals and those posted by anonymous ones.
The committee report says individuals and corporations should demonstrate serious It also recommends: "corporations should be required to obtain the permission on the court before bringing a libel claim".
Extension of privilege:
At first glance it looks like there's plenty here for the media to be happy about. But, of course, there's still some way to go before any of these recommendations and other Draft Bill proposals become law.