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Weʼre raising £100,000 to defend legal proceedings brought by BBC Panorama reporter John Ware

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THE BBC reporter John Ware has issued a writ for libel against Press Gang editor Paddy French.

Ware seeks £50,000 in damages.

Press Gang is contesting the action.

The case — Ware v French — will now go to court.

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?"

Labour called the broadcast an “authored polemic” by Ware and “an overtly one-sided intervention in political controversy by the BBC”.

The Corporation hit back: “the BBC stands by its journalism … we completely reject any accusations of bias or dishonesty”.

The Press Gang pamphlet came down on the side of Labour and was critical of John Ware.

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 French3 days ago
    Paddy French

    Paddy French

    3 days 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 French2 months ago
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    Paddy French

    2 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 French3 months ago
    Paddy French

    Paddy French

    3 months ago

    Many thanks for your donation. It all helps level the financial playing field. With private donations, we've now raised more than £4,000. Bindmans are currently preparing our response and one of Britain's leading libel QCs, Hugh Tomlinson, has been instructed. We'll keep you posted as soon as we have further news. Best wishes Paddy French

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Page last updated on: 7/3/2020 19.50

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  • Anonymous

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    Jul 3, 2020

    Best of luck to you!

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    Kevin

    Jul 2, 2020

    Good Luck

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  • Terry Clarke

    Terry Clarke

    Jul 2, 2020

    Of course Panorama was biased...end of!

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    Jul 2, 2020

    Go for it Paddy

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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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