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Is this libelous?

July 29, 2009

Simon Singh said:

The British Chiropractic Association claims that their members can help treat children with colic, sleeping and feeding problems, frequent ear infections, asthma and prolonged crying, even though there is not a jot of evidence. This organisation is the respectable face of the chiropractic profession and yet it happily promotes bogus treatments.

The British Chiropractic Association took exception and a judge agreed. The full text of Singh’s article is being posted online in a few places (see here, here and here, for example). You decide.

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  1. July 30, 2009 at 7:08 am

    Actually, we don’t yet know if it’s libelous: the case hasn’t been heard yet. The judge only ruled that “bogus” should be interpreted as meaning that Singh was accusing the BCA of knowing that their treatments didn’t work.

  2. July 30, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    British courts- the place free speech comes to die.

  3. DLC
    July 30, 2009 at 11:45 pm

    No, it is not libelous.
    The truth is never libelous, although it can be told in such a way as to hurt more than otherwise.

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