The British government on Tuesday proposed changes in the law of defamation in England and Wales to provide greater protection for speech and publication and to discourage foreign claimants from seeking an easier ride in English courts.

Celebrities Kate Hudson, Jennifer Lopez, Cameron Diaz and Britney Spears are among those who have resorted to English courts to take on the National Enquirer.

The Department of Justice proposed that a statement must cause substantial harm to be defamatory, and it proposed statutory defenses of responsible publication, truth, honest opinion.

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