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The Big Libel Gig
Big names in UK comedy, science and politics come together on stage to tell us that England's libel laws have become a dangerous joke.
The Big Libel Gig was held on Sunday 14 March 2010 at the London’s Palace Theatre to raise funds to support the Coalition for Libel Reform. An eclectic line-up of performers and speakers, including Dara O Briain, Tim Minchin, Marcus Brigstocke, Robin Ince, Ed Byrne, Shappi Khorsandi, Professor Brian Cox, Simon Singh, Professor Richard Wiseman, Dr Peter Wilmshurst and Dr Ben Goldacre performed before a packed audience to highlight the issue of libel reform.
The Big Libel Gig was the brainchild of comedian Robin Ince who hosted the evening, and science author and broadcaster Simon Singh, who spoke frankly about the impact of libel fears on scientific debate.
Stars of the show told the audience that England’s unjust libel laws are preventing free speech and open criticism of big corporations and powerful institutions. They called for others to support the campaign for a public interest defence and join them in signing the petition for libel reform at www.libelreform.org. The Big Libel Gig culminated Libel Reform Week, to raise awareness of English libel laws and urge political parties to commit to major reforms before the election, in the interests of fairness, the public interest and free speech.
Funds raised from The Big Libel Gig have been donated to the Coalition for Libel Reform, established by the charities Index on Censorship, English PEN and Sense About Science.
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Press Gazette Comedians boost libel reform with benefit gig