Testifying before the Oireachtas Social Media hearings

DRI was represented today by TJ McIntyre and Fergal Crehan before the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Transport and Communications which is currently holding a series of hearings on “Social Media Ethics and Regulation”. There’s a good summary of the proceedings in...
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Why Irish defamation law is still inadequate for the internet

The Defamation Act 2009 was hugely controversial for the blasphemy offence it created. Lost in the noise, however, was the fact that it did very little to improve the position of online speech. Before the draft Bill was published, we identified several areas which needed to be...
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Sunday Business Post article on Freedom of Speech Online

Many thanks to Adam Maguire, writing in the Sunday Business Post, for covering our concerns about Irish libel laws and their impact on free speech online. We’ll be doing our best to secure greater protection for online publishers in the new Defamation Bill. Excerpt: The...
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Defamation Bill – Will it Meet Internet Users’ Needs?

According to the Irish Times the Cabinet has decided to proceed with a new Defamation Bill. The text of the Bill is yet to be published, but there is concern that (if it follows previous recommendations) it may focus too much on the traditional media while leaving internet...
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