Science Writer Wins Libel Appeal

Taken from the BBC Website

A science writer has won the right to rely on the defence of fair comment in a libel action, in a landmark ruling at the Court of Appeal.

Simon Singh was accused of libel by the British Chiropractic Association over an article in the Guardian in 2008.

Dr Singh questioned the claims of some chiropractors over the treatment of certain childhood conditions.

The High Court had said the words were fact not opinion – meaning Dr Singh could not use the fair comment defence.


lt_zippy2 says: Whilst not strictly an Atheism related story, it shows that those that use science to challenge irrational claims (which we at Atheism do all the time, in fact it is partially our reason for existence), should be able to do so. So congratulations to Simon Singh for his victory and hope that his success spurs others to examine and ciriticize irrationality.