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This time last year I sat in a small room at the Law Society surrounded by far more luminary individuals such as Simon Singh and Dara Ó Briain for the launch of the report Free Speech is Not for Sale, which highlighted the oppressive nature of English libel law. In short, the law is extremely…

Síle Lane at Sense About Science reports: Simon Singh announced today that he will continue the fight in his libel case with the British Chiropractic Association after his application to appeal the preliminary ruling was rejected last week. He has now has the option to try and overturn that decision at an oral appeal. If…

News just in: tomorrow’s issue of Nature will feature a full page ad donated by the magazine asking people to sign up to the campaign to keep libel laws out of science. Managed by Sense About Science, the petition has already collected over 12,000 signatures, from world-renowned scientists and journalists to informed and passionate members…

Le Canard Noir reports on a dramatic turn in the ongoing ruckus between chiropractors and supporters of Simon Singh: the McTimoney Association, an organisation of chiropractors, has ordered its members to remove their websites with immediate effect. Date: 8 June 2009 09:12:18 BDT Subject: FURTHER URGENT ACTION REQUIRED! Dear Member If you are reading this,…

Simon Singh has announced that he intends to appeal Judge Eady’s ruling: The article was about an issue of public interest, namely childhood health and the effectiveness of particular treatments for some serious conditions. Hence, I was not prepared to apologise for an article that I still believed was important for parents to read, and…

Nick Cohen has a great article in the Observer discussing the British Chiropractic Association’s legal action against science writer and producer Simon Singh: Reputable medical authorities could test the evidence and decide whether the treatments work or not. Instead of arguing before the court of informed opinion, however, the BCA went to the libel courts…

David Green says: I understand that Simon Singh will announce whether he will appeal on Monday 18 May 2009 at a public support meeting to take place in London at 6.30pm. The venue will be the Penderels Oak, the usual meeting place of London Skeptics in the Pub. As well as Simon Singh, the leading…

If you’re free in the capital today, head to the Royal Courts of Justice for the preliminary hearing of the British Chiropractic Association’s libel case against science writer, journalist and broadcaster Simon Singh. The hearing will clear up some legal grey areas and decide what the judge requires as a valid defence for the full…