01 April 2010
Science writer wins libel case
A science journalist has successfully defended a libel case brought against him by the British Chiropractic Association (BCA).
Simon Singh wrote in an article for the Guardian that there is a lack of evidence to support claims made by chiropractors for treatments relating to childhood illnesses such as asthma.
The BCA, which represents 50 per cent of this sector in the UK, argued his choice of words effectively accused leaders of the organisation of willingly promoting the spread of ineffective remedies.
Mr Singh used fair comment as a defence but was told last year that due to his remarks being represented as factual assertions, this justification was not valid.
However, the lord chief justice Lord Judge overruled the earlier decision, stating a previous adjudicator had "erred in his approach".
Commenting on the ruling, the defendant said it was "brilliant", but added it was "extraordinary" that just "a few words" had caused the case to progress so far.