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£27,086
raised of £100,000 target by 1041 supporters

    Weʼve raised £27,086 to defend a libel action brought by BBC Panorama reporter John Ware

    London
    Funded on Wednesday, 28th July 2021

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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 French3 months ago
      Paddy French

      Paddy French

      3 months ago

      ***URGENT*** Justgiving have closed this account — I don't know why. A new page has been created but your name & donation won't be included. Please — please — email me at paddy.french1@gmail.com with Ware V French in the subject and I'll add you to the list of supporters. Please do this right away: otherwise I'll not be able to keep you posted on the trial — and account for how your donation was spent. Thanks Paddy

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    • Paddy French8 months ago
      Paddy French

      Paddy French

      8 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 French10 months ago
      Paddy French

      Paddy French

      10 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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    Page last updated on: 8/10/2021 09.43

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    1041

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Jul 24, 2021

      £100.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Jul 23, 2021

      £5.00

    • Mary Dwyer

      Mary Dwyer

      Jul 22, 2021

      Solidarity Paddy. I hope JUSTICE is done.

      £40.00

    • Jen Runham

      Jen Runham

      Jul 19, 2021

      £20.00

    • David Plank

      David Plank

      Jul 18, 2021

      Telling the truth is a journalist's duty. Would that John Ware lived up to that ideal as well as Paddy French does.

      £50.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Jul 8, 2021

      Well done for standing up against New Labour.

      £100.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Jul 2, 2021

      donating again. thank you for fighting on behalf of all of us who know exactly what John Ware is

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    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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