Some of you may be interested to support this campaign:
Simon Singh is an author who wrote an article in a UK newspaper about the
likely risks of chiropractic treatment and whether or not there is any
evidence that it is effective for various childhood conditions, including
asthma and colic.
The British Chiropractic Association has sued Simon Singh for libel. The
scientific community would have preferred that it had defended its position
about chiropractic through an open discussion in the medical literature or
The use of the English libel laws to silence critical discussion of medical
practice and scientific evidence discourages debate, denies the public
access to the full picture and encourages use of the courts to silence
From my point of view it seems bizarre that the pedlars of various quackery
not only have no need to provide reliable evidence for their ideas, they can
sue those who point this out.
This may seem a bit distant from the world of contaminated land
management or river basin management etc, but it is very close to us in terms of professional risks. I am
sure many of you could imagine a scenario or two. What about 'Black
Box Remediation Co' sues for reputational damage because 'Not Much
Cash District Authority' contaminated land officer writes a case study
review in a trade journal describing a project where no convincing evidence
that the process works was presented.
There is a petition to 'keep libel laws out of science' at:
More to be found on:
http://www.badscience.net/ (good book too!)