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Abolish libel laws

Only an imbecile could possibly support libel laws.

1) they provide no protection to innocent everyday people defamed by the newspapers, as innocent everyday people can’t afford expensive QCs.

2) they provide a great deal of protection to crooked oligarchs, murderous quacks, terrorist-funding despots, and other despicable bastards.

I accept that in theory, some protection under 1 might be nice for society to provide – but on the other hand, fuck it. If the News of the World ran something properly damaging, like ‘PDF killed Baby P and lives at 422 Blenheim Mansions’, then they should be thrown in jail for incitement to murder. If the News of the World ran ‘PDF is a liar and an idiot’, then really, so what?

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