How to Support English Libel Law Reform

Posted on February 12, 2010


Over on Richard Dawkins’s website a recent post contains the latest information from Simon Singh’s brave legal battle against medieval English libel laws ( He is currently being sued by the British Chiropractic Association (BCA) for daring to suggest that the evidence is far from sufficient to back up their claims that chiropractic can cure conditions such as infant colic or ear infections.

In a perverse reversal of justice, Simon must now prove his innocence in court or personally face costs in the region of a few hundred thousand pounds.

Snake oil salesmen, who push their unproven wares and then try to sue people who critique them, seem to have been bullying their way around quite a bit in recent years (excellently documented by Ben Goldacre over at, as well as many others). Perhaps unfortunately for the BCA, this case could be the straw that broke the camel’s back, because it seems to have stirred up a particularly large hornet’s nest of protest, as you can see on has a petition where you can put your name if you think that England ought to make the libel laws just (

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