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Offline BaldySlaphead

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Simon Singh Libel Case
« on: May 12, 2009, 08:40:07 AM »
Don't know if you guys are following this, but Simon Singh has had a really bad first round in the libel case brought against him by the British Chiropractic Association regarding an article in the Guardian (who are not named as co-defendants (wonder why, eh? Maybe because newspapers have lots of money to fight court cases, or is that just cynical?)).

The judge ruled Singh’s assertion that the BCA 'promotes bogus treatments' was a statement of fact, and not comment. The Jack of Kent blog says:

If it is ruled that the passage was "comment" then the defendant has to prove that it was a "fair comment". If the passage was a statement of fact, then the defendant has "justify" the fact.

Justice Eady has determined that "bogus" necessarily implies deliberate dishonesty on the part of the BCA.

Cache of the original article:

Details of ruling against Simon.

This doesn't mean Simon's lost, but it does mean he now has to prove in court that it *is* bogus, and he has had £35,000 awarded against him in costs.

This has potentially major implications for pseudo-science reporting in the UK, so if you could cover this, it'd be really great.

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Re: Simon Singh Libel Case
« Reply #1 on: May 18, 2009, 06:16:56 AM »
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