Homeopathy critic and alternative medicine critic Simon Singh wins the libel law suit against him in English courts. The British Chiropractic Association(BCA) was suing him for an article that he wrote. The article was not particularly complimentary of Chiropractic care.
The BCA won an initial court trial. The judge ruled the Simon Singh said the chiropractors knowingly were treating children with bogus techniques. However, this case went to the appeal court. This court ruled that Mr. Singh was just stating his opinions on chiropractic care. The BCA discontinued this libel lawsuit once they had lost in a court appeal.
Here in the US, this type of libel law is new to us. In the USA, the plaintiff has to prove beyond reasonable doubt that the statement is false before he is award any compensation. In the UK, it is the opposite. The defendant has to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that his statements are true. Most libel cases in the UK get settled out of court. It is just cheaper to admit guilt. Fighting these cases to the end cost both parties more money than just making a settlement.
Does this libel law exist because of the bad behaviors of the tabloids, magazines, newspapers and others. The UK media is known to be very vicious. Is this to make the tabloids think twice before running a piece that may be false?
In my opinion, you should be able to state your opinion without getting sued. There are just way too many bogus lawsuits for people just living their lives.