LONDON, April 2 (UPI) — A British court says science writer Simon Singh can use what is known as “defense of fair comment” in a libel case brought against him by chiropractors.
The Court of Appeal’s landmark ruling could exempt scientific criticism from claims of defamation by companies or organizations, The Times of London reported Friday.
Singh is being sued by the British Chiropractic Association for a piece he wrote in April 2008 suggesting there was a lack of evidence that chiropractors had successfully treated colic and asthma in children.
The appeal’s court Thursday overturned a High Court ruling that held Singh’s comments were factual assertions, not expressions of opinion that would allow him to use a “defense of fair comment” to defend himself.
The appeal’s court said the original ruling threatened to silence scientists and science journalists. The chiropractic association said it may appeal Thursday’s ruling to the Supreme Court.
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