Court confrontation over Riley libel case is postponed

A preliminary court hearing to discuss the issues of a libel case brought against Vox Political‘s Mike Sivier by celebrity parlour game-player Rachel Riley has been postponed after a judge decided to have a short “directions” hearing instead.

The intention had been to hold a hearing on the meaning of the words I wrote that Ms Riley claims were libellous, and on whether they count as assertions of fact or simply opinions based on the evidence available.

It seems a judge has asked for a short additional hearing to decide exactly what happens next. He has cancelled a hearing that was due to take place on Friday (October 11) and called for another hearing to be arranged. As this is a purely mechanical matter – no evidence is to be heard, I will not have to attend.

It will be a further drain on funds. And any decision to hold multiple hearings when only one was expected will drain them even more.

So the message to my supporters is: please continue to donate to the CrowdJustice fundraiser.

I do not know how long the preamble to the case will be dragged out, but I am concerned that attempts will be made to fritter away the donations you have already made, in order to make me unable to afford to have the evidence heard. That would be an insult to justice, as I have said all along.

It seems this remains a case in which wealth is set against the facts; an attempt to buy justice by pricing it out of my range.

So I must again appeal for you to follow the following instructions, if you would like to help me win:

Email five of your friends, asking them to pledge to this CrowdJustice site. The address is

You could also post a link to Facebook, asking your friends to pledge.

If you’re on Twitter, you could tweet in support, quoting the address of the appeal.

If you use other social media platforms, please mention the campaign there, quoting the appeal address.

And if you can afford it, please consider pledging some cash yourself.

We are approaching the sharp end of this matter now, although increasingly slowly, it seems. Let’s make sure it goes all the way.

On a side issue: Facebook announced last Saturday that it was restricting the distribution of posts by Vox Political amid claims that I post “clickbait” – a form of false advertising that is deceptive, sensationalised or misleading, designed to attract attention and entice users to follow a link to online content. Of course, as readers of This Site will know, any such claim about it is false.

But I did wonder whether a complaint had been lodged by supporters of Ms Riley in order to prevent people from reading coverage of the case.

If so, we can all laugh at them because not only has their restriction come at the wrong time, but it has not reduced traffic to This Site in even the slightest way.

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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