There is a link (second one out of three) underneath the statement that says 'sign the statement now'.***
Don't know how many of you are aware of this but Simon Singh is being sued by the British Chiropractic Association for an article he wrote on them last year. I won't go into all the details now (it would take too long) but as a result there is a campaign being set up to reform English libel law. This is for a few reasons. First, it is far more expensive for a libel defendant in England than it is almost anywhere else (for a number of reasons). Second, as libel is a tort the burden of proof lies on the defendant to prove their innocence, rather than being presumed innocent until guilty. Third, as far as I'm aware there is no statutory public interest defence. If a writer publishes something libellious that turns out to be untrue for example (yet was of great enough importance to have been published anyway as if it was true it would have been in the public interest), their only public interest defence is the Reynold's defence, where they have to show they met ten criteria in showing that they took the correct measures to ensure they were reporting responsibly. As far as I know this isn't as easy as it sounds as it is much easier to analyse a person's actions in a court of law than it is to make sure you've taken every step required when you're trying to get a piece together.
There are other reasons but I'm worried I'm not really explaining this properly as I don't have any legal training, but there are lots and lots of links to this case where you can read more about it, but here are two of the main ones:
http://jackofkent.blogspot.com/ (if you click on the tab Simon Singh you can go back to the beginning and read all the articles relating to this case).
The original article: http://svetlana14s.narod.ru/Simon_Singhs_silenced_paper.html
And, for the sake of fairness and completeness, here is the BCA's website:
And the original brochure: http://web.archive.org/web/20070206003656/http://w.....milies.pdf
Now for why I'm posting it here. Sense About Science has started a campaign regarding this case, which you can read about here: http://www.senseaboutscience.org.uk/index.php/site/project/333/
with a statement (that you can sign) to be sent to no. 10, the Department for Justice etc http://www.senseaboutscience.org.uk/index.php/site/project/334
which has also been signed by Stephen Fry, who has added this message of support:
It may seem like a small thing to some when claims are made without evidence, but there are those of us who take this kind of thing very seriously because we believe that repeatable evidence-based science is the very foundation of our civilisation. Freedom in politics, in thought and in speech followed the rise of empirical science which refused to take anything on trust, on faith, on hope or even on reason. The simplicity and purity of evidence is all that stands between us and the wildest kinds of tyranny, superstition and fraudulent nonsense. When a powerful organisation tries to silence a man of Simon Singh’s reputation then anyone who believes in science, fairness and the truth should rise in indignation. All we ask for is proof. Reasoned proof according to the established protocols of medicine and science everywhere. It is not science that is arrogant: science can be defined as ‘humility before the facts’ â€” it is those who refuse to submit to testing and make unsubstantiated claims that are arrogant. Arrogant and unjust.