The coalition government has unveiled plans for a major review of libel law in a bid to better protect freedom of speech and expression in the media and the research sector, and to cut down on "libel tourism".

Today the Ministry of Justice announced it is to publish a draft defamation bill that will be put out for consultation and pre-legislative scrutiny in the new year.

In a nod to the impetus that has developed behind the libel reform campaign, the government said it is seeking to introduce a bill as soon as parliamentary time can be found following the consultation process.

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