Guardian wins libel battle against AIDs pills seller

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The Guardian was celebrating a major legal victory this weekend as Matthias Rath, who claimed his pills could reverse AIDs and cure cancer, dropped his libel action against the paper.

He sued over three articles exposing his activities, which have been blamed for causing deaths by encourage people to refuse conventional medical drugs.

The articles were by The Guardian’s Bad Science columnist Ben Goldacre, a medical doctor and academic, who in a comment piece defends the right of journalists and academics to scrutinise drug companies’ evidence.

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