The hard-right-wing Jewish Chronicle has been made to apologise and pay substantial damages to socialist campaigner Marc Wadsworth after it published very serious false allegations about him.
As someone who has also been libelled by the Wrongicle, dear reader, I’m sure you know I’ll have something to say about this!
Let’s have the details first, via the Morning Star:
The publication falsely accused Mr Wadsworth, in an article on its website in March, of being part of a group of current and ex-Labour members targeting Jewish activists in the party.
The High Court heard … that the JC article focused on allegations that a group of Labour members — including people said to have been suspended or expelled — were part of a plan to track down Jewish Labour activists at their homes to “take care” of them.
Dominic Garner, representing Mr Wadsworth, said his client was a civil rights campaigner, lecturer and author who had been wrongly associated with the group in the article.
He said: “The article named Mr Wadsworth in this context, as well as featuring a prominent photograph of him in its print edition, stating that Mr Wadsworth had given a speech at a launch event for the group — and in turn, alleging that he was both a member of the group and either involved or complicit in its activities.
“As the defendant has accepted, the allegations in the article about Mr Wadsworth were wholly untrue.
“In fact, Mr Wadsworth is not and has never been a member of the group to which the article referred.
“He neither spoke at nor attended the event in question, and has not been involved whatsoever in the group’s activities.”
Adelaide Lopez, representing the newspaper, said: “Jewish Chronicle Media Limited withdraws these false allegations and apologises to Mr Wadsworth.”
This is a welcome verdict in favour of a man who has spent years facing false accusations, ever since right-wing Labour cuckoo Ruth Smeeth lied that he was an anti-Semite after he said she was working “hand in hand” with the Daily Telegraph.
Smeeth went on to have Mr Wadsworth expelled from the Labour Party on the basis of this entirely false and baseless lie.
He has spent years trying to clear his name, as have many more of us.
The Wrongicle was among the papers that gleefully reported that This Writer was a Holocaust denier, after that article in The Sunday Times in February 2018.
Like all the others, it had to publish a correction – and did so, reluctantly, as you can tell from the surly wording – after I took a complaint to IPSO and it found in my favour.
But IPSO is toothless. It is merely a means to help papers avoid having to pay for their false accusations. I should have sued those papers for libel, as Mr Wadsworth has.
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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