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THE BBC reporter John Ware has issued a claim for libel against Press Gang editor Paddy French.
Ware seeks £50,000 in damages over a Press Gang pamphlet criticising the Panorama anti-Semitism programme in July 2019.
Press Gang is contesting the action.
On 22 July 2020 Labour settled a libel action brought by Ware.
Labour apologised in open court and agreed to pay damages.
This action does not affect Ware v French which is a different case about a different publication
Ware v French will now go to trial next year..
This appeal is to help pay the substantial costs of instructing solicitors and counsel to fight the proceedings.
Ware's action concerns the Press Gang pamphlet “Is The BBC Anti-Labour? — Panorama's Biased Anti-Semitism Reporting: A Case To Answer” published last December.
This was a critical analysis of last year's Panorama programme "Is Labour Anti-Semitic?"
The Press Gang pamphlet weighed up the evidence and took a critical view of the programme.
Press Gang has instructed the London solicitors Bindmans.
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We’ll keep you updated on this site — but you can also follow events on the website, press-gang.org — and on Twitter (@pguk10).
Paddy French, Editor, Press Gang [press-gang.org]
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