Libel Reform: A Conversation with Simon Singh

From Open Culture, some background and a Q&A with the man who’s fighting for UK libel reform. An excerpt: OPEN CULTURE: Why should this concern someone living away from the British Isles? SIMON SINGH: The issue of libel tourism means that everyone in the world should be scared of the English libel law.  If you […]

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Simon Singh wins libel court battle

Yes. From the Guardian: The [UK] science writer Simon Singh has won his court of appeal battle for the right to rely on the defence of fair comment in a libel action. Singh was accused of libel by the British Chiropractic Association (BCA) over an opinion piece he wrote in the Guardian in April 2008. Singh […]

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Simon Singh: fighting unfair libel is a full-time job

In May 2009 I blogged about how UK science journalist and personality Simon Singh was being sued by that country’s chiropractic association because he expressed his learned scientific opinion that chiropractic wotsits are bogus. I followed up with blogs giving my support (for what that’s worth) and celebrating that Singh was fighting back. Last week […]

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Simon Singh to appeal libel case from chiropractors

Good news: science writer and broadcaster Simon Singh is fighting back against the libel case brought against him by the British Chiropractic Association. A lot of prominent scientists have signed a petition in support of Singh and, more importantly, of changing the laws so that the charge of libel can’t be misused in the forum […]

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Supporting Simon Singh

I blogged yesterday about Simon Singh being sued for libel by the British Chiropractic Association. Today I read that Richard Grant over at Nature Network had written to his MP about how UK law is wrong to allow this sort of suit. I thought that was a good idea and did the same. If you […]

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Science and Rational Thought in Australian Politics

I started reading The Geek Manifesto this morning. The book, by UK writer and journalist Mark Henderson, is a call to those who love science and its proven method for finding the truth to make your will felt in the public sphere. Too long have uninformed, reactionary, crowd-pleasing, lowest-common-denominator politics filled the public discourse, he […]

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Chiropractors: call us bogus and we’ll sue

Simon Singh is a great public advocate for science, and I really enjoy his radio and TV appearances. Last year Singh published a book called Trick or Treatment? Alternative Medicine On Trial. Around the same time the British Chiropractic Association (BCA) claimed that their treatments could help treat children with colic, sleeping and feeding problems, […]

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Nine Carols and Lessons for Godless People

During a holiday different-points-view piece last year, UK comedian Robin Ince was told that as he was an atheist he must want to do away with the holiday season altogether. To show that secularists and scientists can be as festive (and lazy and overindulgent) as anyone else, Ince arranged a holiday show of comedy and […]

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