If you think Rachel Riley went too far with photoshopped T-shirt, please support my court case

Rachel Riley may be facing problems of her own making, after she photoshopped an image of Jeremy Corbyn with a falsehood and put it on a T-shirt.

It seems she does not understand how offensive it is to over-write an image of him protesting against racism in South Africa (in 1984) with a proof-less claim that he himself is a racist.

But it seems that the public at large does understand – and the backlash has been huge.

There have been calls for Ms Riley, who co-hosts Countdown on Channel 4, to be sacked – indeed, a Twitter hashtag, #SackRachelRiley is trending at the time of writing:


Admittedly, some believe C4 will stand by her – but have accosted another show on that channel, The Last Leg, which has a feature about whether events in the news are appropriate:

Other comments have been more generalised:

It is behaviour like this that led to the libel case against This Writer, of course. I wrote an article protesting after Ms Riley took issue with a teenage girl who criticised her attacks on Jeremy Corbyn (and others who Ms Riley considers to be anti-Semitic).

This unwarranted behaviour called the girl to the attention of certain followers of Ms Riley, who then subjected her to a torrent of abuse, including death threats.

Ms Riley took offence at my article and threatened to take me to court. My belief is that she thought she could bully me into paying her some money because I could not afford to defend myself.

Instead, I started a CrowdJustice page and members of the public helped me fight back.

There could be no better demonstration of why I need to win this case than this latest incident. It is clear that Ms Riley will continue with this abhorrent behaviour unless she is made to face legal consequences for it.

I don’t think there will ever be a better time to contribute to my appeal, so please forgive me for asking:

Email five of your friends, asking them to pledge to the CrowdJustice site. The address is https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/mike-sivier-libel-fight/

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 please consider making another donation yourself – or contributing for a first time, if you haven’t already.

Public opinion has taken a huge swing against Ms Riley. Will you help me win this court case against her?

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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8 thoughts on “If you think Rachel Riley went too far with photoshopped T-shirt, please support my court case

  1. Mark C

    I mean, she’s clearly mental but there’s a bit of timing involved to this stunt too; the Labour manifesto is out today and yet once again Corbyn’s name is associated with accusations of A/S rather than the great future he proposes for the nation

  2. Simon Agonistes

    Have contacted C4 and submitted complaint. her behaviour is beyond contempt and as a Jew profoundly insulting to me by minimising the true nature of antisemitism and using it frivolously and libelously.

    1. Gary

      A good point which I hadn’t even thought on. It does trivialise a serious issue. When people realise Corbyn ISN’T anti-Semitic they may then think that it does not exist anymore when, as we well know, it is alive and well in all sections of our community and life.

  3. SteveH

    In Ms Riley case the old adage of beauty is only skin deep is apt. I stopped watching Countdown when she started her ugly campaign against Corbin. Knowing what she was like inside as a person ruined the whole program for me.

  4. SteveH

    Ms Riley obviously didn’t appreciate the new reference on her Wikipedia page.

    In November 2019, Riley was criticised for sharing a photo of Jeremy Corbyn, demonstrating in 1984 against racist and apartheid South Africa, which had been doctored to replace an anti-apartheid message on a placard with one accusing Corbyn of being racist. Riley is a vocal supporter of Israel which itself has been accused of having racist and apartheid policies.

    It has been very quickly removed even though it was evidenced by reference to https://www.indy100.com/article/rachel-riley-jeremy-corbyn-apartheid-t-shirt-racism-9211821

  5. Gary

    Everyone is entitled to an opinion whether it be right or wrong. Ms Riley however is a public figure working on a well loved TV show that has spanned over 30 years. I can’t believe that Channel 4 bosses would not have taken issue with her doing this during an election campaign, does this breach impartiality rules for during election campaigns? If not it certainly IS skating on thin ice.

    Or are TV presenters allowed to endorse political leaders during a campaign?

    On the subject of the t-shirt, she has no thought to the irony of it. The man was risking arrest to campaign AGAINST racism and the slogan overlaid is part of the well known phrase ‘Israel is a Racist Endeavour’ The phrase itself is troubling because it is most often said by anti-semites who seek an excuse for their racism. The excuse being criticism of Israel’s government. The thing is, ANY government should be open for criticism and there IS much to criticise that country’s government for. By wearing the t-shirt she is saying that Corbyn is anti-Semitic – not true. Even his harshest critics admit this is not the case. It also seeks to conflate criticism of Israel with anti-Semitism. But to see what a falsehood this is why not look at how Muslims are treated. Is it Islamaphobic to criticise Iran? No? Why not? Is it Islamaphobic to criticise Saudi Arabia? No? Why not?

    If you can say it about Muslims then you can say it about Jewish people too. Many of the things that are said as a matter of course in public today about Muslims would PLAINLY be anti-Semitic if said about Jewish people – this must stop. Muslims are treated badly not just in the street but by the press and by our politicians. As for criticising a country’s government, that’s fair game as long as your criticism is of their policies.

    In 2019 I find it sad that this even needs to be said but ALL people are of equal value, no one section of our community should be either elevated above another or pilloried without any reason but being that part of our community.

    But what gets to me is someone abusing what is a real and present problem for her own political reasons. This man is in no way racist or anti-Jewish whatever. He is famous for those views. I fear this stems back to two things. Firstly the Labour Party’s endorsement of Palestine’s bid for statehood, which pre-dates Corbyn’s leadership and happened under Milliband and secondly Corbyn’s well know support for the Palestinian’s struggle with their larger, and quite oppressive neighbour, Israel. And it is entirely reasonable to criticise Israel for their actions in this matter without someone trying to use the label anti-Semite.

    This smear campaign is being aided by a hard core of people who have various and nefarious reasons for doing so, none of which involve the truth…

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