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Member Paddy French faces libel action

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A MEMBER of London Freelance Branch, Paddy French, is being sued by another journalist, John Ware, over a pamphlet, Is The BBC Anti-Labour? which he wrote in response to John Ware's Panorama programme "Is Labour Anti-Semitic?".

The trial is now due to open in the week of 7 November 2022 and is listed for four days.

In October 2020 London Freelance Branch passed a motion noting that "we do not believe that the libel laws, and their inevitable costs of tens or hundreds of thousands of pounds, are the best way to solve disputes between journalists... We urge that the matter be resolved without recourse to libel courts."

Paddy is having to fundraise to pay defence costs. His new donation page is linked below. So far, he tells the Freelance he has gathered promises of nearly £92,000 - £41,000 of that in small donations through this link.