The author who is being sued for libel, says bloggers and scientists are increasingly reluctant to write anything critical for fear of ruin. Rather than come up with good science to back up the claims of chiropractics, the British Chiropractics Association uses the legal system to go after critics.
Keep Libel Laws Out of Science has started a campaign for libel reform, which will have an effect far beyond the world of science if it is successful.
A statement already has 20,000 signatories, including the astronomer royal, the poet laureate, Richard Dawkins, Stephen Fry, Ricky Gervais and Dara O’Briain. To add your name, visit www.senseaboutscience.org/freedebate.
Read Singh’s article here.
Another interesting article with good background information is here from the Guardian.