Nik Williams: Let's seize this chance to ensure Scots defamation law protects free expression for all
Nik Williams, project manager at Scottish PEN, says that Scotland is closer than ever to defamation reform, ensuring free expression is beyond the coercive control of the rich and powerful
Defamation event to challenge the power “to silence those who disagree”
Campaign to reform defamation hold Scottish Parliament event for law reform
MOVES TO REFORM defamation law will be the focus of a special event at the Scottish Parliament later this month.
Campaign group Pen Scotland, which supports the interests of artists and free expression, will hold a campaign event hosted by Scottish Green MSP Andy Wightman on 27 June.
Judge backs £50,000 deposit from land firm in court case against Andy Wightman MSP
Wildcat Haven Enterprises CIC v Andy Wightman case appears in court in defamation case
SCOTTISH JUDGE LORD UIST has called on the firm bringing a defamation action against Scottish Greens MSP Andy Wightman to deposit £50,000 before the case can proceed.
The security payment decision means that financial compensation would be available for Wightman to meet his legal costs, if the case proceeds and the court then finds in his favour.
Andy Wightman MSP bankruptcy threat set for court showdown
750k legal threat against Green MSP set to progress to Court of Session
A CAMPAIGNER AND POLITICIAN who has repeatedly warned about the problems with legal power in Scotland is now facing his own court room battle after he received a Summons for a £750,000 defamation claim from a company he has written about online.
Andy Wightman, a Green member of the Scottish Parliament and well known campaigner for land justice, confirmed he had received the summons from “legal agents acting on behalf of Wildcat Haven Enterprises” to appear at the Court of Session.
"Barmy": Alarm raised over £750k legal threat that could force MSP out of office
Controversial firm threatens Green MSP with defamation costs with risk of bankruptcy
A LEGAL SCANDAL HAS ERUPTED between Scotland’s leading advocate of land justice and a conservation company, which is threatening him with legal action and eye watering costs.
Nik Williams: Why the Faculty of Advocates is getting it wrong on defamation
Scottish PEN's Nik Williams explains why Scotland's defamation laws work in favour of the few instead of the many
WHO is the law designed to protect? Whether Freedom of Information legislation, public spending, legal aid reforms or defamation laws, answering this seemingly straightforward question should be a priority for lawmakers across the UK when addressing out-of-date, inadequate or badly drafted laws.
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