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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
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    Paddy French

    2 months ago

    Update Yesterday Labour settled a libel brought by Panorama John Ware (and the seven whistleblowers who appeared in the programme). Labour apologised in open court and agreed to pay damages. This action does not affect the case of Ware v French. Ware v French will now go to court for the first stage this autumn. We're staying strong ... Thank you for your support.

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  • Paddy French3 months ago
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    Paddy French

    3 months ago

    John Ware has issued a libel writ. He's seeking £50,000 in damages. Ware v French now goes to court. Lawyers and counsel are preparing our defence. The costs will rocket — our target now jumps to £100,000. We'll keep you posted on developments. Follow us on Twitter — @pguk10 And on the website press-gang.org Many thanks for your support! Paddy French

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  • Paddy French5 months ago
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    5 months ago

    UPDATE OUR LAWYERS have now replied to John Ware. The five page letter says Press Gang editor Paddy French has “complete defences” under section 2 (Truth), section 3 (Honest Opinion) and section 4 (Public Interest) of the Defamation Act 2013. “In the event that your client commences legal proceedings then the matter will be vigorously defended.” More details at https://wp.me/p3kXx7-20a

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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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