We submitted our evidence to the Justice Committee scrutinising the Defamation and Malicious Publications (Scotland) Bill. Read it here.March 13, 2020
Friday 13th March is the deadline for the Justice Committee’s Call for Evidence as part of its scrutiny of the Defamation and Malicious Publications (Scotland) Bill. This is a unique chance to reform the Scottish law of defamation to ensure that everyone in Scotland is free to speak out and speak up.
On 13th March, Scottish PEN submitted our evidence to the Justice Committee and we called for:
As part of our submission, we shared:
To view our full submission click here
The draft amendment for an unjustified threats legal mechanism was the result of a collaboration between Scottish PEN and Doughty Street Chambers and we are grateful to the support and expertise of Jonathan Price and Clare Duffy.
We have been requested by the committee to give oral evidence on our campaign to reform defamation law and this will help us continue to demonstrate the importance of meaningful reform to ensure everyone can speak out and speak up.