Simon Singh wants you to sign something.

And so do I! English libel laws are as absurd as they are far-reaching. I’ll let Simon explain.

This week is the first anniversary of the report Free Speech is Not for Sale, which highlighted the oppressive nature of English libel law. In short, the law is extremely hostile to writers, while being unreasonably friendly towards powerful corporations and individuals who want to silence critics.

The English libel law is particular dangerous for bloggers, who are generally not backed by publishers, and who can end up being sued in London regardless of where the blog was posted. The internet allows bloggers to reach a global audience, but it also allows the High Court in London to have a global reach.

You can read more about the peculiar and grossly unfair nature of English libel law at the website of the Libel Reform Campaign. You will see that the campaign is not calling for the removal of libel law, but for a libel law that is fair and which would allow writers a reasonable opportunity to express their opinion and then defend it.

The good news is that the British Government has made a commitment to draft a bill that will reform libel, but it is essential that bloggers and their readers send a strong signal to politicians so that they follow through on this promise. You can do this by joining me and over 50,000 others who have signed the libel reform petition at http://www.libelreform.org/sign

Remember, you can sign the petition whatever your nationality and wherever you live. Indeed, signatories from overseas remind British politicians that the English libel law is out of step with the rest of the free world.

If you have already signed the petition, then please encourage friends, family and colleagues to sign up. Moreover, if you have your own blog, you can join hundreds of other bloggers by posting this blog on your own site. There is a real chance that bloggers could help change the most censorious libel law in the democratic world.

We must speak out to defend free speech. Please sign the petition for libel reform at http://www.libelreform.org/sign

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4 thoughts on “Simon Singh wants you to sign something.

  1. Genetically modified food is our future. Actually, we already eat a lot of it. Is it safe?

    “- Media are invited to join Monsanto and other industry stakeholders for the official Grand Opening of the new, state-of-the-art Monsanto Canada Breeding Centre, located adjacent to Monsanto’s existing Canadian Head Office at the University of Manitoba’s Smartpark.Tues, November 23, 201010:30 am to 1:00 pm (lunch provided)”
    http://www.marketwire.com/press-release/Monsanto-Canada-Breeding-Centre-Grand-Opening-1354370.htm

    Um… I’d skip the lunch.

    GMO crops are the main contributing factor in Colony Collapse Disorder which is decimating bee populations worldwide. We’re in for a future of eating gruel if we don’t do something fast. The mainstream media, big business and governments must stop whitewashing GMO science. http://www.energygrid.com/ecology/2010/03po-colonycollapse.html

    Somebody from the media needs to crash this party and ask the tough questions!

    Need motivation? Check these out:

    American Academy of Environmental Medicine calls for immediate moratorium: http://www.aaemonline.org/gmopost.html

    The World According to Monsanto: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8hFuuDAZjk

    David vs. Monsanto: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E42ndfjnP1g&feature=fvst

    The Future of Food: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n9Y_QH_c70s

    Food, Inc.: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5eKYyD14d_0&feature=fvw

    Vanishing of the Bees: http://www.vanishingbees.com/

    RoundUp causes cancer: http://www.organicconsumers.org/Monsanto/glyphocancer.cfm

    Join the protest outside the event.

    Please tell a friend.

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