DEFAMATION – 2 March 1998

Dr Julian Lewis: Is the Minister aware of the related problem of defamation or libel on the internet? As he observed, the problem is one of jurisdiction. Does he realise that it is possible to defame people in the foulest terms and for them to have no remedy, if the internet service provider is situated abroad? When he undertakes discussions with his European colleagues on racism and anti-semitism, will he also discuss the problem of defamation or libel?