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About Robert Sharp

Robert Sharp is the Head of Campaigns & Communications at English PEN, the writers charity promoting literature and defending free speech. He was a founding director of the digital design agency Fifty Nine Productions, and also designed the Liberal Conspiracy website. Follow him via @robertsharp59 on Twitter, or visit his eponymous blog.

Articles by Robert Sharp

This week’s front page editor

Rosemary Bechler

Rosemary Bechler is the mainsite editor of openDemocracy.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

How libel laws help privatisers and harm the NHS

The government claims it is making NHS more transparent. But libel laws shield health companies from scrutiny.

What next for libel reform in Britain?

Recent reforms to UK libel law look set to encouarge greater freedom of expression. The coming months will be pivotal in determining how they are put into practice. 

Libel reform - the perils of an inadequate response

The government has responded to grassroots pressure for libel reform, but its proposals do not go far enough towards genuinely safeguarding free speech on the internet and ensuring that powerful corporations cannot silence their critics.

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