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Defamation law for activists: a guide to speaking truth to power

Good Law Project is hosting a defamation advice session for activists, organisations and campaigners.

We will provide tips about how you can best protect yourself from publishing something (be that an article or social media post) that might leave you vulnerable to the threat of libel proceedings.

We will discuss the defences to defamation proceedings – in particular the “public interest defence” – which is the one you are most likely to rely on. We will consider the steps you should be taking to do everything you can to make this defence work for you.

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And we will talk about what you can do if you receive a threatening letter after publishing something online or in print.

If you would like to find more about how to speak truth to power, and how to lessen your risk when doing so, you can watch our live panel discussion.

The panel of speakers include Jo Maugham, Director of Good Law Project, Gracie Bradley, Director of Liberty, Tamsin Allen, Partner at Bindmans and Head of the Media and Information Law team and Jonathan Price, Barrister at Doughty St Chambers and libel law specialist.

Here are the details of the event:

When: 1pm – 2pm, Tuesday 11 May 2021

Where: Facebook Good Law Project page and Good Law Project Twitter account

You don’t need to download anything to watch the event – just visit our Facebook page or Twitter account. 

If you’re unable to watch the panel live on Facebook or Twitter, you can watch the recorded event on our YouTube channel. The recorded discussion will be available on Wednesday 12 May. 

You can access our new guide: ‘Defamation law for activists: a guide to speaking truth to power’.

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