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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.

Big Libel GigThe 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.

audienceStars 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 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.dara o briain

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.



Videos and audio from the event

Interviews with Nick Coen, Shappi Khorsandi and Dara O’Briain backstage

Ariane Sherine performs the Simon Singh song back stage at the Big Libel Gig

Tim Minchin backstage at the Big Libel Gig

Richard Wiseman backstage at the Big Libel Gig

Ben Goldacre backstage at the Big Libel Gig

Robin Ince on the Daily Politics Show talking about why he organised the Big Libel Gig

Little Atoms Podcast of the Big Libel Gig

The Sly and Reggie Song


Coverage from the event

The Guardian  Robin Ince: Why I’m backing Simon Singh and reform of English libel law

Press Gazette Comedians boost libel reform with benefit gig