Beware the Spinal Trap

July 29, 2009 at 4:59 PM (Uncategorized)

The following is an altered version a column written last year by Simon Singh for The Guardian. In his column, Singh called out many practitioners of Chiropractic therapy for making claims that he says are unsupported by medical science. In response, the British Chiropractic Association (BCA) filed a libel lawsuit against Singh.

In most civilized nations, anyone suing for libel must prove that they were, in fact, libeled. Unfortunately, UK law is hopelessly backwards in this area. In an ignorant reversal of common sense, you are required in the UK to prove that you have not libeled the plaintiff.

That has proven to be an excellent method of silencing legitimate criticism in the UK. Singh’s fight against this baseless lawsuit has become a cause celebre for skeptic and science bloggers around the world.

It seems that bloggers are republishing this column everywhere today. Since Singh’s cause is one in which I believe, I will republish it too. This site has free hosting and I have no idea how would react to a complaint, so I’m sticking to a slightly-modified version which omits the specific wording to which the BCA objects.

The original, unedited version of this column can be found at Respectful Insolence.

You also should read this great article by Ben Goldacre: An intrepid, ragged band of bloggers.

(h/t Skepchicks)
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