The Scottish Government has published its public consultation on defamation reform. Here is an explainer put together to break down some of the issues and why reform is needed.
On Monday 14th January, the Scottish Government announced its public consultation on reforming defamation law. This is a vital step to ensuring our laws are fit for the modern age.
Scottish PEN travelled to Pune in September for the 84th PEN International Congress. This is a report of the event written by Scottish PEN trustee, Jane Archer.
Find out who signed our letter to the First Minister calling on her to prioritise defamation reform in the upcoming Programme for Government.
Sign our letter to call on Annabelle Ewing MSP to bring forward a bill to reform defamation law in Scotland.
Here is our statement on the Scottish Law Commission’s working draft for defamation reform in Scotland.
MSPs, writers, and journalists demand defamation reform to bring law in line with modern technology in event at Scottish Parliament.
Scottish PEN condemns the action brought against Andy Wightman MSP and calls for reform to adequately protect free expression & public interest reporting.
Thank you for taking our Defamation Quiz on Buzzfeed! Read our full list of results to learn more about defamation law in Scotland.
Without reform of defamation laws, the people of Scotland will continue to be deprived of essential protections for free speech.
Scottish PEN is concerned by the news that Angela Haggerty has been dismissed from her position as columnist at the Sunday Herald for showing her support for fellow journalist Graham Spiers.
Outdated defamation laws can have a chilling effect on freedom of expression. Scotland deserves better.