As Skwawkbox reported last week, Press Gang journalist Paddy French will defend his description of John Ware’s Panorama programme ‘Is Labour antisemitic?’ at the High Court in November. Ware is suing after French said the programme, which featured among its ‘whistleblowers’ at least two former party staff accused in a leaked Labour report of hindering Corbyn’s efforts to combat antisemitism – and a woman recorded by an undercover Al Jazeera reporter discussing beating up black left-wing Jewish activist Jackie Walker – was ‘rogue journalism’. French described the case as a ‘unique opportunity for the issue of antisemitism in Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party to be explored in a forensic setting’ and Pink Floyd musician Roger Waters said it was ‘fundamentally important’.
Last month, Skwawkbox went to London to cover MP Claudia Webbe’s appeal against her magistrates’ court conviction on a single count of harassment, as well as former Labour staffer Elaina Cohen’s tribunal accusations against Labour right-winger Khalid Mahmood. Its reporting, on both those cases and particularly the content and outcome of the Webbe hearing, stood out in stark contrast to the ‘mainstream’ media narrative designed to shore up the Establishment version of events and which ignored or skewed large parts of the evidence.
So Skwawkbox will again go to London to cover the four-day case between French and Ware, who dropped a similar case against former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn after Corbyn’s supporters raised a huge sum for his legal defence.
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