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Weʼre raising £100,000 to defend a libel action brought by BBC Panorama reporter John Ware

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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 July 22 Labour settled a libel action brought by Ware.

Labour apologised in open court and agreed to pay damages.

The action does not affect Ware v French which is a different case about a different publication

Ware v French will now go to court for the first stage this autumn.

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.

We hope you’ll be able to support this appeal.

We’ll keep you updated on this site — but you can also follow events on the website, press-gang.org — and on Twitter (@pguk10).

Many thanks.

Paddy French

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  • Paddy French2 months ago
    Paddy French

    Paddy French

    2 months ago

    At a preliminary hearing on Thursday, February 18, Mr Justice Saini heard arguments from both sides about what an ordinary reader would have understood the article to mean.  Judgment handed down this morning. Press Gang posted an article this afternoon https://wp.me/p3kXx7-21P   You can read the judgment at https://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWHC/QB/2021/384.html We fight on!

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  • Paddy French4 months ago
    Paddy French

    Paddy French

    4 months ago

    The preliminary hearing in Ware v French has been set for Thursday, 18 February 2021. This will be a half day session after which the judge will decide if the case should go to full trial.

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  • Paddy French4 months ago
    Paddy French

    Paddy French

    4 months ago

    The preliminary hearing in Ware v French has been set for Thursday, 18 February 2021. This will be a half day session after which the judge will decide if the case should go to full trial.

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Paddy French

Paddy French

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Paddy French, 71, is a journalist with four decades experience of investigative reporting. After ten years as a current affairs producer with ITV, he retired to edit the Press Gang website — press-gang.org — to expose rogue journalists like Andrew Norfolk of the Times.

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