News just in: tomorrow’s issue of Nature will feature a full page ad donated by the magazine asking people to sign up to the campaign to keep libel laws out of science. Managed by Sense About Science, the petition has already collected over 12,000 signatures, from world-renowned scientists and journalists to informed and passionate members of the public. If you haven’t done so already, visit the website and show your support. You can also purchase badges and t-shirts, money raised from these will go toward a legal fund for others facing libel attacks.
The Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee’s report on press freedom, privacy and libel will be published in July, and the staff at Sense About Science are working hard to ensure the authors give consideration to this case and the consequences of Britain’s grossly punitive libel laws.