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Member Paddy French faces libel action

LONDON FREELANCE Branch member Paddy French informs us that John Ware, who was the reporter and presenter of the July 2019 BBC Panorama programme "Is Labour Anti-Semitic?" has formally issued proceedings, demanding £50,000. John Ware says that a pamphlet that Paddy French wrote, entitled Is The BBC Anti-Labour? is libellous.

See the first link below for Paddy's appeal for funds to help defend the action. See the second link for insurance deals for NUJ members in case you face similar action.

Paddy French edits the website Press Gang. He has been an investigative reporter for four decades, founding and editing the magazine Rebecca and its Corruption Supplement in the 1970s. He also worked on investigations for BBC's Man Alive series, Thames Television's This Week strand and for the Sunday Times (when Harold Evans was editor). In the 1990s he was an independent television producer making documentaries for Channel 4 (Dispatches), BBC and ITV. He was a current affairs producer at ITV Wales for ten years before retiring in 2009.