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Now here is a great piece of news: Simon Singh’s appeal successful

This is great news. Truly important for science that robust debate and analytic, evidence-based peer-review be allowed as part of public discourse.

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Dear friends

A very quick note to make sure you heard that Simon Singh’s appeal in his case with the BCA was upheld today. It means that Simon can now defend his article as comment rather than as fact, as Justice Eady had originally ruled.

Simon said today: “It is ridiculous that it has cost £200,000 to establish the meaning of a handful of words. I am delighted that my meaning has been vindicated by three of the most powerful judges in the country, and I relish the opportunity to defend this meaning in court. However, I am still angry that libel is so horrendously expensive. That is just one of the reasons why the battle for libel reform must continue.”

You can read more comments from campaigners and supporters at www.libelreform.org/news/450-judgement-in-simon-singh-libel-case

And the judgment and Simon’s lawyer’s notes on what this means for Simon’s case and for libel reform is here: http://www.senseaboutscience.org.uk/index.php/site/project/473/

Jack of Kent has blogged on the ruling here: http://jackofkent.blogspot.com/

The Guardian http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/apr/01/simon-singh-wins-libel-court

The Daily Telegraph http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/7543685/Science-writer-Simon-Singh-wins-Court-of-Appeal-libel-battle.html

BBC Radio 4 World at One http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00rlff7

BBC online http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/8598472.stm

And check here for updated lists of press coverage: www.senseaboutscience.org.uk/index.php/site/project/473/

Keep an eye out for Simon, his lawyer Robert Dougans and members of the libel reform campaign on Channel 4 news, the BBC News channel, Sky News and BBC radio stations this evening.

Simon, and the campaign for libel reform, both still have a very long fight ahead of us. We are very pleased  the three most powerful members of the Judiciary in England have recognised  the need for libel law reform. We need to make sure everyone else does too.



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And from Jack of Kent:

BCA v Singh: An Astonishingly Liberal Judgment

Simon Singh today won in the Court of Appeal.

The Court of Appeal held he was expressing “honest opinion”.

It is a stunning judgment, quoting Milton and expressly adopting a US legal maxim that: “Scientific controversies must be settled by the methods of science rather than by the methods of litigation“.

You can read the judgment in full here.

And so the British Chiropractic Association – which happily promotes bogus treatments even though there is not a jot of evidence – lost.

The BCA – discredited since the plethora – has announced that it is “disappointed” and that it is “considering its position” in respect of what has always been a staggeringly misconceived libel claim.

The judgment is packed with interesting things and will repay careful study.

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