Earlier this year, the Jewish Chronicle apologised and paid ‘undisclosed’ compensation to Liverpool pensioner Audrey White for a ‘litany of lies’ it had told in four articles by its hack Lee Harpin claiming that:
- White had lied about her date of birth to rejoin Labour
- she had been repeatedly warned by the party about bullying
- she had falsely claimed a councillor was being investigated by police
- she had aggressively interrupted a Jewish MP during a meeting – when a recording proved that she and others had been asked to contribute and the MP had been able to continue speaking in a relaxed manner
All of it was false. The Chronicle was also hammered by IPSO, not only for its false claims but for its lack of cooperation during IPSO’s investigation.
Last week, the Chronicle had another go at Ms White – and has again found itself facing a bill. The original article used an image (shown above) of Ms White by Liverpool film-maker Phil Maxwell – but did so without permission. When Mr Maxwell found out his copyright had been breached, he contacted the paper, but said the condescending tone of a reply that offered to take down the image prompted him to send the Chronicle an invoice for its unauthorised use of his creation, in the amount of £750.
The Jewish Chronicle has had an expensive and embarrassing time lately. As well as the damages paid to Audrey White, the paper apologised and paid ‘substantial’ compensation to a Muslim woman councillor for ‘wholly untrue’ allegations – again by Harpin and again without defending its claims in court – that she had ‘orchestrated’ a campaign against a Jewish MP. In 2019, it paid £50,000 in damages, plus costs and an apology, to a charity that helps Palestinians after implying it had links to terrorism.
Phil Maxwell said he has told the paper that he will not take legal action over the ‘unlawful’ use of his image if the bill is settled.
The SKWAWKBOX contacted Jewish Chronicle editor Stephen Pollard for comment on the matter, asking:
Any comment on yet another blunder in view of the fact your paper had to apologise and pay damages to Ms White for a ‘litany of lies’ about her and now you’ve breached a photographer’s IP in attacking her again?
He had not responded by the time of publication.
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