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Review Of Ireland's Defamation Law To Be Published Next Month.

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European Commission says the high cost of defending a defamation action has a chilling effect on media freedom.

A long-awaited review of Ireland’s strict defamation laws is to be published within the next month.

A report on the issue was finished in July, but has sat on the justice minister’s desk since the summer.

This is despite a warning from the European Commission that the high cost of defending a defamation claim is an issue for media freedom.

Heather Humphreys, the justice minister until Helen McEntee returns from maternity leave, says the report will be published soon

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