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Riley’s libel trial documentation is longer than a Bible. Another time-waster?

Rachel Riley’s solicitors have delivered their final version of the trial bundle – all the documents that will be available to her (and to me) at my libel trial next month.

It runs to 1,056 pages.

I have been advised to familiarise myself with it, so I know where to find particular elements of evidence in the case (I think). This should help me demonstrate my own interpretation of what the case is about.

And this leads me to a significant point: if I’m spending my time dealing with this wealth of information (much of which, I’m inclined to believe, isn’t actually relevant), then I’m not working on my website, Vox Political.

If I’m not producing material for VP, then I won’t be paid (or at least, I won’t be paid as much as I would, otherwise).

So, is this just another strategy to put me out-of-pocket?

I tend to think the whole lawsuit against me qualifies as such a thing. I must have spent thousands of hours working on this, or thinking about it – time that could have been better spent elsewhere.

I’m sure Rachel Riley doesn’t care; what’s it to her if some guy she has unjustly accused loses a bit more money as a result of her behaviour?

You may feel otherwise, of course.

The crowdfund is still open, and of course if you don’t want to contribute that way, it is still possible to fund me via PayPal. Rachel Riley may hate that!

Here are the details:

Make a donation via the CrowdJustice page. Keep donating regularly until you see the total pass the amount I need.

Email your friends, asking them to pledge to the CrowdJustice site.

Post a link to Facebook, asking readers to pledge.

On Twitter, tweet in support, quoting the address of the appeal.

Use other social media in the same way.

And don’t forget that if you’re having trouble, or simply don’t like donating via CrowdJustice, you can always donate direct to me via the <em>Vox Political</em> PayPal button at the bottom of this article. But please remember to include a message telling me it’s for the crowdfund!

This case has been a long, terrible strain on my well-being, finances and resources. Hopefully we’ll be able to put a stop to all that in July.

The best way is to ensure that I can afford to.

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.

https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/mike-sivier-libel-fight/


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Failure of Arron Banks libel case shows SLAPP lawsuits CAN be beaten

Justice for Carole Cadwalladr: but will there be justice for Mike Sivier?

This is excellent news:

The multimillionaire Brexit backer Arron Banks has lost his libel action against the Observer and Guardian journalist Carole Cadwalladr, which was criticised as an attack on free speech.

Here’s the reason it’s good:

Campaigners for free speech and press freedom characterised the claim as a strategic lawsuit against public participation (Slapp) – an attempt to shut down public criticism.

You can read more details by following the link below. For This Writer, it is significant because Rachel Riley’s libel suit against me has also been described as a SLAPP case.

Back in 2019, I wrote:

According to a recent letter in The Guardian, abuse of defamation law, including through SLAPP lawsuits, has become a serious threat to press freedom and advocacy rights in a number of countries, including the UK.

The legal claim against me, issued on July 9 by lawyers acting for Rachel Riley, is a clear example of a SLAPP lawsuit, in which a wealthy individual is apparently abusing the law in an attempt to silence a journalist and distract from the issues being discussed.

I wish I had known about the Guardian letter because I would have added my name to it.

It calls on the government to consider new legislation to prevent the abuse of defamation law to silence public interest reporting.

It also urges ministers to take a clear public stance condemning such practices and supporting investigative journalism and independent media.

This ties in with the fact that I – an independent journalist (and carer) of limited means – am being sued by a very wealthy celebrity because UK defamation law allows it.

Ms Riley won’t have to compensate me if her case is disproved (although she may face an order to pay a contribution toward my costs – which may come in handy if there is a shortfall between what I raise here and the cost of my defence).

In fact, it seems she won’t lose anything more than dignity if she loses the case because she has taken out insurance against that eventuality.

I stand to win nothing. My case is purely defensive. I simply don’t have the resources to mount a counter-claim (unless anyone knows better).

So, in the absence of laws to stop the wealthy abusing the justice system, I must rely on donations by members of the public – or I can’t mount a defence.

Ms Riley seems to find this offensive. Apparently she considers this CrowdJustice campaign to be an aggravating factor in her case.

Personally, I think her case against me should be used as an aggravating factor in the evidence for reform to ban SLAPP lawsuits like this.

My CrowdJustice campaign is still running, after more than three years, and still welcoming donations. If you want to help:

Make a donation via the CrowdJustice page. Keep donating regularly until you see the total pass the amount I need.

Email your friends, asking them to pledge to the CrowdJustice site.

Post a link to Facebook, asking readers to pledge.

On Twitter, tweet in support, quoting the address of the appeal.

Use other social media in the same way.

And don’t forget that if you’re having trouble, or simply don’t like donating via CrowdJustice, you can always donate direct to me via the Vox Political PayPal button at the bottom of this article. But please remember to include a message telling me it’s for the crowdfund!

Above all, this shows that rich people, who try to abuse the UK’s flawed legal system for their own advantage, can be defeated.

I’m looking forward to doing that to another such person next month.

Source: Arron Banks loses libel action against reporter Carole Cadwalladr | Arron Banks | The Guardian

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.

https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/mike-sivier-libel-fight/


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We’ve had the deep breath – now begins the plunge to the Riley libel trial

Events are about to start speeding up again in the run-up to This Writer’s libel trial against Rachel Riley on the week of July 18.

We have had a two-month lull in which I have been able to crowdfund most of the trial costs and examine my evidence for errors and/or inconsistencies, but from this week onwards, as I understand it, work will begin on negotiating the preliminary matters of the case with Riley’s legal team and with the High Court.

In metaphorical terms, we’ve had the calm before the storm – now we’re heading into heavy weather.

This week, as I understand it, my legal team will receive a draft “trial bundle index” and will have to comment on it. The trial bundle should contain all the documents to which both parties will refer during the trial.

It’s possible that we will argue with Riley’s people about what needs to go in – but I understand there’s nothing unusual about that.

The crowdfund still hasn’t reached the minimum amount necessary for us to even participate in the trial yet, although we’re not far from it. I am concerned about this, though – as my solicitor will now start drawing on the money and I would have preferred to have been able to make it all available to him immediately.

It is – and will be – possible to continue donating over the next few weeks into the period of the trial itself, and if you want me to succeed, I would strongly urge you to do so if you can – or to urge others to do it.

There are several ways to do this, as I’m sure you already know. For clarity, I’ll list them again:

Make a donation via the CrowdJustice page. Keep donating regularly until you see the total pass the amount I need.

Email your friends, asking them to pledge to the CrowdJustice site.

Post a link to Facebook, asking readers to pledge.

On Twitter, tweet in support, quoting the address of the appeal.

Use other social media in the same way.

And don’t forget that if you’re having trouble, or simply don’t like donating via CrowdJustice, you can always donate direct to me via the Vox Political PayPal button at the bottom of this article. But please remember to include a message telling me it’s for the crowdfund!

All messages of support will be gratefully received also, at this time. While I’m confident in my evidence, it is impossible to tell what a trial judge will decide in advance so I feel justified in being more than a little nervous.

But we’re nearly there! Just a little more time and we could have the result we’ve all been awaiting for nearly three and a half years.

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.

https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/mike-sivier-libel-fight/


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More supporters explain why they are funding Mike in Riley libel case

There’s now less than £2,500 left to raise – according to my very rough calculations – so I thought it might be good to hear more from the people who have supported my defence against Rachel Riley’s libel claim against me.

These “hardcore antisemites” and “vulnerable people… who have all donated money based on false claims” – according to Riley herself, have been eloquent (some might say loquacious) in explaining why they are nothing of the sort.

Some of their latest reasons for supporting my defence against the woman who made these wild claims about them are – well, they speak for themselves:

“Good luck Mike, sorry I can’t afford more.  But wealthy bullies need to be shown that money should not be used as an abuse of power when simple common sense dialogue is the obvious solution, as nobody wins in the end …”

How true. And despite having the right of reply to my original article, Riley never took advantage of it; she just went for the nuclear option straight away.

“I hope you win.  For far too long people full of self importance have believed they can say and do what they want without being brought to account. They need to learn they are not special and should lead by example, showing a moral fibre we would all wish to aspire to.”

“You’re not wrong about finances getting hard – but Justice is a bit of a thing for me, and that, it turns out, means more to me than the food on my plate. As long as I am able, I’ll keep sending you what I can.”

“Please keep going Mike! Can’t wait to see her in court. Your case is so clearly right. I used to follow Rose on Twitter. She was really brave.”

“My dad supported you Mike, he was a journalist and saw this for what it is. He passed away over two years ago, I can’t believe it’s still going on. All power to you.”

“I’ve just paid over half of Rishi Sunak’s energy bribe to you. I don’t need it, and it’ll obviously annoy him if he knows that this is what I’ve done with it.”

Yes indeed.

Even the smallest donations help, if people know their contribution is still needed. If these messages have moved you to help hit the target (after nearly three and a half years of rundraising), here are the details:

Please make a donation via the CrowdJustice page. Keep donating regularly until you see the total pass the amount I need.

Email your friends, asking them to pledge to the CrowdJustice site.

Post a link to Facebook, asking readers to pledge.

On Twitter, tweet in support, quoting the address of the appeal.

Use other social media in the same way.

The words of my funders really have been as important as their financial contributions in giving me the will to keep going.

With just a few more donations I should be sure to get into court to defend myself – and then I will do my best to make my words count.

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.

https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/mike-sivier-libel-fight/


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Libel case over Panorama’s ‘Is Labour Antisemitic’ to be heard in November

Skwawkbox is reporting that the man behind the now-infamous BBC Panorama documentary Is Labour Antisemitic is taking a critic to court for libel on November 7.

John Ware, whose programme featured among its ‘whistleblowers’ at least two former 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, will be represented by William Bennett QC instructed by Mark Lewis of Patron Law.

Lewis and Patron Law are the same solicitor and company employed by Rachel Riley to sue This Writer.

They will be trying to prove that Press Gang editor Paddy French’s description of the documentary as “rogue journalism” is libellous.

French will be defended by Hugh Tomlinson, QC and Darryl Hutcheon, instructed by Bindmans solicitors.

According to Skwawkbox, he has raised nearly £90,000 from more than a thousand backers, including Pink Floyd musician Roger Waters, who told French “your fight is fundamentally important”. French’s crowdfunder can be found here.

The lawsuit – over a £50,000 claim – is likely to cost £750,000 in total, we’re told.

In a statement, French said:

This case provides a unique opportunity for the issue of antisemitism in Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party to be explored in a forensic setting. Was I (and Labour) right to criticise the July 2019 Panorama programme Is Labour Anti-Semitic? as a biased piece of rogue journalism?

Or was the BBC (and John Ware) right when they said the broadcast was made in compliance with the Corporation’s Editorial Guidelines, rejecting accusations of bias or dishonesty?”

My own court case – the action by Rachel Riley against me – will take place considerably earlier, in the week starting on July 18.

I have crowdfunded more than £216,000 to cover its costs and am within £3,000 of being able to fund my legal team through the trial. If I win, it may be a blow to the credibility of Ware’s legal team in advance of the case against French.

To help me do so, here are a few simple instructions:

Make a donation via the CrowdJustice page. Keep donating regularly until you see the total pass the amount I need.

Email your friends, asking them to pledge to the CrowdJustice site.

Post a link to Facebook, asking readers to pledge.

On Twitter, tweet in support, quoting the address of the appeal.

Use other social media in the same way.

And don’t forget that if you’re having trouble, or simply don’t like donating via CrowdJustice, you can always donate direct to me via the Vox Political PayPal button at the bottom of this article. But please remember to include a message telling me it’s for the crowdfund!

My personal opinion is that both of these cases have been attempts to silence criticism of a false narrative – the claim that Labour was anti-Semitic under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership – by abusing the civil justice system.

Certainly in my case, it seems to me that the claim was made in the belief that I would not be able to afford to defend it and that Riley would therefore be able to buy a ruling in her favour.

That’s no justice at all and I’m both glad and grateful that I have been able to fend her off for nearly three and a half years so far.

I know times are hard for everyone but let’s try to make sure that both I and Paddy French meet our funding goals so we can prove our cases in court.

Source: Panorama libel action starts 7 Nov – SKWAWKBOX

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Riley libel crowdfund is so near to goal – but not there yet

So near – and yet so far.

According to my very rough calculations, the CrowdJustice fund to get a court hearing for my defence against Rachel Riley’s libel claim is very close to success.

I reckon that, with outside contributions included, we’re less than £4,000 away from hitting target.

I’ll still be crowdfunding after we hit that level, in case of unexpected expenses. You wouldn’t think much of me if I fell foul of something nobody had seen coming!

With all this in mind, and also bearing in mind that it’s the end of the month and many people have just been paid, I reckon we could hit that target with a bit of effort.

Shall we give it a try? Here are the instructions again:

Make a donation via the CrowdJustice page. Keep donating regularly until you see the total pass the amount I need.

Email your friends, asking them to pledge to the CrowdJustice site.

Post a link to Facebook, asking readers to pledge.

On Twitter, tweet in support, quoting the address of the appeal.

Use other social media in the same way.

And don’t forget that if you’re having trouble, or simply don’t like donating via CrowdJustice, you can always donate direct to me via the Vox Political PayPal button at the bottom of this article. But please remember to include a message telling me it’s for the crowdfund!

I’ve been through the evidence again and I’m satisfied that there’s a really strong case to be made. All I need to do is get into a court and present it.

We’re on the verge of being able to do that – and then we’ll really see sparks fly!

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.

https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/mike-sivier-libel-fight/


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Riley libel trial: is she relying on the cost-of-living crisis to foil Mike’s defence?

The arena: but Mike won’t get to plead his case in the High Court at all if we can’t meet the crowdfunding target.

With less than eight weeks left until This Writer faces a judge to defend myself against Rachel Riley’s libel claims, both time and money are getting tight.

I haven’t been wasting my time; I’ve just finished going through my evidence, teasing out pieces of information that should not be allowed to pass by, ready to be integrated with everything I’ve already put together and presented to my solicitor, to be turned into a defence case. That’s a gross oversimplification, of course.

It hangs together very well – depending on what Riley’s legal team presents as her own case against me. I’m not likely to see that until the week of July 11 – so the last week before the trial is likely to be highly active for me.

I reckon I’ll need to have the main elements of my defence divided up into their own constituent parts, to be reorganised to respond properly to whatever challenge is put to me.

You may be surprised to learn that I am not spectacularly concerned about this element of the trial. I’ve had three and a half years to think about what I put into my article and the reasons for it, so I have a very strong grip on what I want to say.

No, the weakest part of my defence is – and has always been – funding.

I have nothing but praise for all of you who have contributed spare fivers and tenners since the CrowdJustice site opened in the spring of 2019. I’m actually very sorry that my defence still isn’t fully funded, more than three years down the line.

At the moment, I’m wondering how much of that has to do with the cost of living crisis that is hitting the household budgets of all ordinary people so hard.

It isn’t easy to support justice when you’re finding it hard to support yourself! I know – income for my Vox Political website has fallen hugely since the Covid-19 pandemic bit in March 2020.

But we’ve come so far, it would be an insult to justice for us to be stopped now.

That’s why I have always asked for anybody who wants to help, but may not have the funds themselves, to publicise the CrowdJustice site as much as possible, and to call on friends and family members to help out if they can. Every little helps!

I’ve repeated these instructions more than 100 times, so you probably know them by heart. But the more we raise, the fewer times I’ll have to go on repeating them! Here they are: Please…

Make a donation via the CrowdJustice page. Keep donating regularly until you see the total pass the amount I need.

Email your friends, asking them to pledge to the CrowdJustice site.

Post a link to Facebook, asking readers to pledge.

On Twitter, tweet in support, quoting the address of the appeal.

Use other social media in the same way.

And don’t forget that if you’re having trouble, or simply don’t like donating via CrowdJustice, you can always donate direct to me via the Vox Political PayPal button at the bottom of this article. But please remember to include a message telling me it’s for the crowdfund!

By my rough calculations, we’re about £5,750 away from goal. That’s not as much as we raised in the five days between April 7-12, so it really can be done!

And I’m still receiving hugely heartening messages from supporters. The most recent (at time of writing) says, “Stay strong and know that there are many of us supporting you.”

Let’s keep it that way. We’ve been on this journey together – let’s see it through to the end together too.

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.

https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/mike-sivier-libel-fight/


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Will Rachel Riley be as quick to comment on her own libel trial as Johnny Depp’s?

Amber Heard and Johnny Depp: Rachel Riley has spent years trying to keep details of her libel case against me away from the public, but seems to think it’s fine to publicise information about this ongoing litigation.

Rachel Riley can’t keep her mouth shut at the moment.

After throwing shade on transgender activists and the makers of Strictly Come Dancing, she’s now taking the side of Amber Heard in that celebrity’s libel trial against Johnny Depp.

The trial isn’t over, so some might see Riley’s decision to tweet a thread containing the allegations of abuse by Depp against Heard, while saying she wouldn’t wish him on her worst enemy, as prejudicial; there seems to be no balancing evidence about what Heard is alleged to have done to Depp.

Of course, that trial is in a foreign country with different laws so, to answer the question in the headline, I don’t think she would comment on her own case while it is ongoing. That’s her case against This Writer – see this page for many details and to donate to my crowdfunded defence.

It’s a shame she can’t restrain herself from showing others that courtesy, though.

Her comments reminded me of a conversation with friends in which they asked me if I have any new evidence left to present to the judge in Riley’s libel trial against me, after all the updates I have published on my CrowdJustice page.

In fact, the only evidence mentioned there has been information that came out in previous court hearings and is now public knowledge. I have plenty more to divulge.

And I wonder whether Riley will be so keen to have such information in the public eye when it refers to her and not an American movie star.

There is only one way to ensure my evidence is heard, though, and that – as always – is to make sure my defence against her is fully funded. Will you help?

You can do that several ways:

Make a donation via the CrowdJustice page. Keep donating regularly until you see the total pass the amount I need.

Email your friends, asking them to pledge to the CrowdJustice site.

Post a link to Facebook, asking readers to pledge.

On Twitter, tweet in support, quoting the address of the appeal.

Use other social media in the same way.

We’re getting close now; I reckon we have less than £6,000 – of more than £200k – to raise until the case is funded – barring the unexpected.

Let’s get there – so you can all find out, at long last, what Riley’s own lawsuit has really been about.

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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Riley’s wild Strictly claim raises doubts about her accusation against Mike

Rachel Riley reckons Strictly Come Dancing, the ratings-topping BBC show from which she was fifth to be voted off in 2014, is “fixed”.

The claim was the second outlandish accusation in an interview with The Times that has been widely reported. The other was an attempt to say transgender activists who criticised the author JK Rowling for comments on the subject were actually anti-Semites attacking her for criticising Jeremy Corbyn and anti-Semitism.

Once again – as with the Rowling claim – Riley provided no evidence to support her statement.

And this time she did not bother to make it a statement of opinion.

She said she thinks that producers “know from the start who they want to win and what journeys they want to take different people on, to have the right balance”.

Then she claimed that, in order to achieve this, “they can obviously fix the scores”.

Strictly‘s producers could, in theory, sue her for libel. Her comment brings the show into disrepute and, considering the effect winning has on celebrities’ careers, could be construed as saying that the show has deliberately harmed the livelihoods of some contestants.

I note that Riley herself claims to suffer post-traumatic stress after her own appearance on the show. Her interview could be construed as a call for others to take further action against the show.

But it seems she feels safe in making her claim because it is hard to disprove outright. Strictly‘s producers have responded, saying: “This claim is categorically untrue. The BBC has strict procedures and editorial guidelines in place regarding impartiality and Strictly upholds all of these.”

But it is unlikely that the BBC invites impartial observers to watch those procedures being followed. And how can anyone be sure that an automated voting scheme involving millions of viewers can’t be rigged?

Still, I trust the BBC over Riley. Claims without evidence tend to be considered false.

She has also claimed that I libelled her by publishing an article pointing to evidence that she abused and harassed a 16-year-old girl with mental health issues after the girl challenged her support of a claim that Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party was anti-Semitic.

If I can crowdfund enough money, we will go to court for a trial in July.

The difference should be clear: my article pointed to evidence. I can show the information that led me to believe what I was saying. And I really want to!

With the BBC (among others Riley has wildly accused) ducking out of taking action, my case is your chance to see her get her comeuppance.

To help ensure that you get that chance, here’s how to contribute to the crowdfund:

Make a donation via the CrowdJustice page. Keep donating regularly until you see the total pass the amount I need.

Email your friends, asking them to pledge to the CrowdJustice site.

Post a link to Facebook, asking readers to pledge.

On Twitter, tweet in support, quoting the address of the appeal.

Use other social media in the same way.

Riley’s behaviour suggests that she thinks she can say anything she likes and get away with it.

Let’s prove that she is mistaken.

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.

https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/mike-sivier-libel-fight/


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Help this crowdfund for journalism to support human rights in Palestine

It isn’t easy to be taken seriously if you’re a journalist trying to report events in Palestine accurately.

The dominance of the pro-Israel lobby means coverage of human rights violations in occupied Palestine are played down or ridiculed – and the reporter involved may face attacks against their professionalism, along with those of a more personal nature.

One such journalist is Peter Bolton of The Canary, who has written extensively about the conflict in Palestine, human rights violations committed by the state of Israel, and the impact of the Israel lobby on British politics.

He’s currently involved in a lawsuit relating to this part of his work – and needs help to progress it.

Peter himself is currently being cagey about the purpose to which the funds will be put. This Writer knows what it is all about – and I can say that it will serve a very useful purpose.

But you can probably draw your own conclusions from Peter’s words on his CrowdJustice page:

This case could serve as a turning-point in the fight for a public space in which no one gets targeted for simply speaking up for the Palestinian people. I see this case as being as much about vindicating others who have been attacked as it is about my own circumstances.

So this is about protecting those who speak up for people in Palestine from being attacked unreasonably.

As another writer who has suffered such attacks, I strongly urge anybody reading this to support Peter’s CrowdJustice page. I will.

The reason those of us who support human rights – anywhere, but particularly in Palestine – are derided is the fact that the other side is vastly better-resourced than any of us individually.

But I know from personal experience that, together, we can achieve wonders.

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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