Cracking the Spine of Libel

Britain’s libel laws are making things tricky for science writers.

Opinion piece at the NYT blog

Excerpt: Several times this summer, science journalists in London have leaned over to me and said something along the lines of, “I was thinking of writing,” and gone on to describe an article that was going to be critical of someone. “But then,” the speaker would gloomily conclude, “I thought to myself, ‘Simon Singh,’ and I decided not to.”

Who is Simon Singh, and why is his name giving people the jitters?