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How English Libel Law Threatens Science

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After criticising the British Chiropractic Association (BCA) in an article in the Guardian, the BCA sued Simon Singh for libel in a case that lasted for two years and which cost both parties an estimated £400,000. At the same time, there were several other libel cases involving scientists, doctors and respected research journals, which highlighted how English libel law contrains free speech and scientific debate. Singh will discuss his own case, other libel cases, the problems with English libel and options for reform.

This talk is part of the Cavendish Physical Society series.

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