Scots writers including Val McDermid, Ian Rankin and Christopher Brookmyre demand reform of defamation law that ‘threatens freedom of speech’…

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By David Leask, Chief Reporter / Wednesday 18 November 2015
the Herald Scotland

Scotland’s most celebrated writers have warned of a threat to their freedom of speech.

James Kelman, Ian Rankin, Val McDermid, Chris Brookmyre and Neal Ascherson are among more than 100 authors demanding reform of the country’s antiquated defamation laws.

In a joint letter organised by freedom of speech organisation Scottish Pen, the writers warn that they – along with campaigners, scientists and journalists – are facing the “chilling” effect of libel action threats.

Read the full article on the HeraldScotland website…

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