How our libel laws censor scientists

NEW STATESMAN: When parliament returns from summer recess on 6 September, it will begin serious consideration of a draft libel reform bill. Scientists are quite rightly taking pride in how they helped to push the issue of libel up the political agenda.

One of the key arguments made by those of us connected with science was that many doctors, scientists and journalists sued in London, such as Ben Goldacre, Peter Wilmshurst, Francisco Lacerda, Henrik Thomsen and I (I was sued for libel by the British Chiropractic Association in 2008; the case was eventually dropped in April 2010), would not have faced such threats from a US court because the United States has a far more liberal attitude to free speech. However, this has not always been the case.

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