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"Write something worth reading or do something worth writing" A blog by Amy Willis, a multimedia journalist based in London

Now is not the time to turn on ourselves

I was disappointed to read how the owner of Express Newspapers Richard Desmond is suing journalist and author Tom Bower.

For journalists libel is a touchy subject. It restricts freedom of speech potentially threatening the threads of democracy, and the vast sums of money awarded to successful claimants cripples a journalist’s budget needed for good journalistic practice.

Richard Desmond, owner of Express Newspapers

Richard Desmond, owner of Express Newspapers

It is such a contentious subject that there was even a select committee set up recently to discuss the threat of defamation and privacy laws on freedom of the press and the ability to do good journalistic work with the threat of being sued. Everyone has the right to clear their name if something unfairly malicious is said against them but why not do as  Salman Rushdie did and clear his name but refuse to accept damages? The media industry needs to stick together. Please can someone tell Richard Desmond this and stop this hypocracy.

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