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bmnb123
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Posted - 09/17/2009 :  15:24:52  Show Profile Send bmnb123 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I found this in slasdot.

In Britain, libel laws are censoring the ability of journalists to write stories about bogus science. Simon Singh, a Ph.D. physicist and author of several best-selling popular-science books, is currently being sued by the British Chiropractic Association (BCA) for saying that there is no evidence for claims that visiting a chiropractor has health benefits. A year earlier, writer Ben Goldacre faced a libel suit for an article critical of Matthias Rath, who claimed that vitamin supplements can treat HIV and AIDS in place of conventional drugs like anti-retrovirals. In Britain, libel laws don't have any presumption of innocence ?any statement made is assumed to be false unless you prove it's true. Journalists are running scared.

http://judson.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/09/15/cracking-the-spine-of-libel/



The Rat
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Posted - 09/19/2009 :  15:13:27   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit The Rat's Homepage Send The Rat a Private Message  Reply with Quote
British libel law has been a national embarrassment for years, it's past time that the citizenry rose up in defiance of it.

Bailey's second law; There is no relationship between the three virtues of intelligence, education, and wisdom.

You fiend! Never have I encountered such corrupt and foul-minded perversity! Have you ever considered a career in the Church? - The Bishop of Bath and Wells, Blackadder II

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