The CrowdJustice campaign raising funds to fight libel claims against me (Mike Sivier) by Rachel Riley and Tracy Ann Oberman has reached – and passed – its stretch target of £25,000. Thanks and well done, everyone!
Sadly Ms Riley has filed court proceedings individually and this means I need at least £10,000 more, in order to mount a successful initial defence. I may need much more later, if this celebrity persists in trying to prove that she has enough money to silence me.
(Because, let’s face it, she doesn’t have a case. She did what I said she did, and it had the consequences I described. Her entire strategy is to price me out of justice with expensive proceedings.)
That’s why I am so grateful that more than 1,000 people have stood up to support me, with average donations of around £25.
But I wanted to say that the smaller donations are just as important as the larger ones. They show that justice has popular support.
That’s why I have been dismayed to read some of the self-deprecating comments attached to the smaller donations: “Sorry I can’t pledge more”, “Wish I could give more”, “It’s all I can afford”.
Those donations are just as valuable to me as the large amounts. Those of you who are digging deep to find something to give clearly value what I’m doing very much – and that is hugely important to me, and to this case.
It has been said that good journalism isn’t writing what those in power want people to read – that’s public relations. Good journalism is publishing what they don’t want you to know.
It is hugely important to be able to demonstrate that people of all walks of life – especially those who don’t have much to spare – value this.
If you can’t afford more than a fiver – so what? If I had 1,000 such donations, I’d be halfway towards the sum I need to mount a successful defence against Ms Riley at the forthcoming preliminary hearing.
I would hate to think people were being put off because they don’t think they can give enough.
So now I have to take you all back to the usual instructions:
If you haven’t done so already, please email five of your friends, asking them to pledge to this case. If you have, please email five more.
You could also post a link to Facebook, asking your friends to pledge. Again, the address is https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/mike-sivier-libel-fight/
If you’re on Twitter, you could tweet in support, quoting the address of the appeal.
And if you can afford it, please consider pledging some more cash yourself.
Super-rich Rachel Riley wants more than £100,000 from me – despite the fact that I’m a carer with hardly two beans to rub together – not for justice but because she thinks she can. You are helping prove her wrong with your donations – no matter what the amount may be.
Have YOU donated to my crowdfunding appeal, raising funds to fight false libel claims by TV celebrities who should know better? These court cases cost a lot of money so every penny will help ensure that wealth doesn’t beat justice.
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