Bloggers in the Dock

Event Info

Tue 14 Sep, 2010 from 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Index on Censorship
60 Farringdon Road, Free Word Centre
London, EC1R 3GA, UK (Map)
Cost: Free (RSVP required)


UK Online News Association and Index on Censorship invite you to Bloggers in the Dock:

Over the last year journalists, writers and bloggers have found themselves in court defending cases of libel and anonymity. The rulings have been significant and a catalyst for change.

What the Labour government started the coalition government have continued, recently setting out plans to review the libel laws to better protect freedom of speech and expression in the media and the research sector, and to cut down on "libel tourism.

But will the changes be enough? Together we will explore these issues with Mark Stephens and David Osler.

Mark Stephens is an expert on US and UK libel law and is a frequent contributor on UK news broadcasts about media and human rights issues, as well as in his own blogging and public speaking. Mark serves on the boards of a number of non-profit organizations including the Index on Censorship.

David Osler is a journalist with Lloyd's List, the daily shipping and insurance newspaper, and is author of 'Labour Party plc', an examination of the Labour Party's relationship with business. In 2007, he was sued for libel by political activist Johanna Kaschke. The case was struck out in May 2010 by Justice Eady. He blogs at

Chaired by Kathryn Corrick


Agenda for the evening 

6-6.30: Arrive, welcome, network, drinks and nibbles

6.30-8/8.30: Debate and discussion

8.15/30: Conversations and networking to continue at a public house near by.


With HUGE  thanks for hosting the evening to Index on Censorship.


FREE. Online News Association non-members welcome.




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