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The Sciences

Simon Singh has appeal!

Bad AstronomyBy Phil PlaitApril 7, 2010 5:00 PM

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Simon Singh - the journalist who has been sued for libel by the British Chiropractic Association for having the temerity to write that they happily promote bogus remedies -- has won a big victory in the UK: he has the right to argue that his statement was opinion, and not a statement narrowly (and, in my opinion, incorrectly) defined by a judge. Rebecca has the lowdown at Skepchick (some NSFW, but totally funny, language there), as does Steve at Neurologia. While this doesn't mean Simon has won the case, it does mean he can continue his arguments, when before he had been stopped cold by a judge. The BCA is looking ever-more ridiculous, mean, and venal in this case. We already know that many of the claims made by chiropractors and by the BCA specifically are totally wrong. The heat is on these guys. Now we can hope that the BCA will be handed their heads in this case... and if we really grab the brass ring, the UK's awful libel laws will get reformed, too. We're on the verge of a huge, huge win here. It hasn't happened yet, and there is much to do. But the light is there, on the horizon.

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