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Author Topic: Libel Reform Campaign - Appeal to defend public interest journalism  (Read 46 times)

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Subject: Libel Reform Campaign - Appeal to defend public interest journalism
Date: 2021-04-12 05:04
From: "Sophie Lane" <sophieättsenseaboutscience.org>
To: Mr Elliott

Dear libel reform friends

Can you believe that it's eight years since the Defamation Act became law? Since then, there has been a noticeable difference in the kinds of cases coming to court. Libel tourists have been foiled, and the Supreme Court has confirmed that the 'serious harm' test that we fought so hard for is a meaningful barrier to trivial claims.

The other huge win for our campaign was the 'public interest' defence. It has barely been tested in the Courts, but a case being heard at the end of June will establish how it works for the small publishers we had in mind back in 2012, when we lobbied for its inclusion.

WE ARE GETTING IN TOUCH TO ASK FOR DONATIONS [1] TO HELP FIGHT A CASE BASED ON THE PUBLIC INTEREST DEFENCE.

The case is being fought by GREG AND TERESA MALKIEWICZ, editors of _Nowy Czas_, which is written for the Polish residents of London. In 2015 they published an article about a prominent Polish businessman. They discussed his bankruptcy and his involvement with registered charities that serve the Polish community.

They actually won their libel trial back in 2017, using the defences of truth and public interest. But the appeal courts declared the trial was unfair to the claimant and have ordered a re-run. Through no fault of their own, Greg and Teresa are back to square one.

Unfortunately the first cycle of litigation exhausted their funds, and they face having to fight the retrial as litigants-in-person -- _Private Eye_ even compared the case to Dicken's famous description of legal purgatory in _Bleak House_ [PDF [2]].

If Greg and Teresa are forced to argue complex points of law in their second language, it is unlikely they will succeed. They will lose their home and their livelihood... and we will lose the opportunity to secure a strong legal precedent for public interest reporting and free speech. The outcome of this case will affect investigative journalists, bloggers and grass-roots organisations trying to hold powerful people to account.

SIMON SINGH has said of the case and the campaign:

"The outcome of Greg and Teresa's case will set a significant precedent for ordinary people who seek to challenge power and speak out on behalf of their community. As a longstanding campaigner for libel reform and free rational enquiry, I believe it is crucial that we stand up and support _Nowy Czas_. I've made a donation to their campaign, and I urge you all to support the case in any way you can."

 WILL YOU CHIP IN TO HELP WITH THEIR LEGAL FEES? To read more about their case and donate to their legal fund via GoFundMe, visit:

https://www.gofundme.com/f/defend-public-interest-journalism

And if you would also be willing to share the campaign far and wide on social media, that would be much appreciated too.


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LIBEL REFORM HAS ALSO COME TO SCOTLAND! Thanks to the tenacious campaign led by Scottish PEN, the Defamation and Malicious Communications (Scotland) Bill will receive royal assent in a few days time.

The new law includes all the measures we secured for England & Wales, plus an additional clause that formally prevents the government bodies from suing citizens who criticise their work.

This change would not have occurred without Libel Reform Campaign supporters writing to the Scottish Law Commission and to the Scottish Government, demanding that people living in Scotland benefit from the same free speech protections as their neighbours in England & Wales. Reforming the law is a slow process, and we are extremely grateful for your patience and on-going support.

NEXT STOP: NORTHERN IRELAND!

With best wishes, Robert Sharp, Mike Harris and the Libel Reform Campaign team

c/o Sense about Science
 2 Stephen Street
 London W1T 1AN

[1] https://www.gofundme.com/f/defend-public-interest-journalism

[2] https://www.robertsharp.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/BleakHousePt94_PrivateEye.pdf
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We are Grzegorz and Teresa Malkiewicz and we are the editors of Nowy Czas, a small newspaper serving the Polish community in London.

In 2015 we published an article about Jan Serafin, a well known member of the Polish community in London. We discussed his business ventures, his bankruptcy and Bankruptcy Restrictions Order, and his engagements within the Polish community. We expressed concern at his involvement with the Kolbe House care home — a registered charity.

Mr Serafin sued Nowy Czas and us personally for libel, but at the trial in 2017 we prevailed. We upheld our freedom of expression rights using the defences of ‘Substantial Truth’ and ‘Public Interest,’ which were introduced by parliament in 2013 in order to protect the free speech of people like us.

However, Mr Serafin represented himself during the trial, and the appeal courts ruled that the judge did not give him a fair hearing. Last year, the Supreme Court ruled that there must be a retrial.

After a visit to the High Court in 2017, the Court of Appeal in 2019, and the Supreme Court in 2020 we are back to square one… but all our funds have been exhausted. There is now a charge on our home which prevents us from raising more money. We desperately want to defend our journalism and we are confident that the defences in the Defamation Act 2013 will continue to protect us. However, the case is complex with many issues of law to be argued, so we cannot do it without legal representation.

We are therefore launching this crowdfunding campaign to ask anyone who cares about free speech and freedom of the press to contribute to our legal costs.

The Defamation Act 2013 was specifically enacted to make defending public interest journalism easier, and our case is a great opportunity to establish a legal precedent that will help independent publishers, bloggers and local campaigners speak out on the issues that affect their communities.

The money raised from this campaign will be transferred to Czas Publishers Ltd and will be used to pay for an experienced defamation barrister to defend our case, and to pay other legal bills we have incurred. Although our inital target is £25k, we need to raise £50k. If we are successful in raising more money than we need, any excess will be donated to press freedom charities.

We do not regret speaking out on a matter of importance to the Polish community in London, but the cost of ‘free speech’ should not be so high. If we lose this case it is likely that Nowy Czas will have to close. We will lose not only our freedom of speech but our home and our livelihood.
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26 HOUSE PT94 BLEAK

MoRE news of the ongoing legal nightmare endured by Grzegorz and Teresa Malkiewicz after they were sued for libel by Jan Serafin,   a bankrupt builde~ and catering supplier. over a story they pubbshed 1n Nowy Czas, a tiny newsspaper dedicated to London's Polish community.

They won at the high court in 2017, only to see the appeal court overturn their victory on grounds that Mr Justice Jay bad "not only seriously transgressed the. core principle that a judge remains neutral during the evidence, but also acted in a manner whtch was, at ttmes, manifestly unfair and hostile to the clain1ant" at the original trial. Simultaneously, .the elderly couple were being pursued by tbetr ong1nal lawyers Carter-Fuck, who had abandoned the case ahead of trial but still demanded payment of their astronomical bills, culminating in the law firm starting proceedings to take possession of their home (Eye 1511 ).

Last June the case, which raised complicated points regarding public interest defence which were of great fascination to the legal industry, went before the Supreme Court -which ruled that not only had the first trial been unsafe because of Jay's behaviour, but "with a degree of embarrassment in relation to respected colleagues", that the appeal court had not done its job properly either (Eye 1524 ). Lord Wilson and four Supreme Court colleagues ruled that the entire Jamdyce v. Jamdyce-style process must start all over again: "Conscio-u s of how the justice system has failed both sides, this court, with deep regret, must order a full retrial."

So, given that it was the justice system that was at fault rather than any of the parties in the trial, the slate is presumably wiped clean? Not quite. In February, eight months after the end of the Supreme Court appeal, the Malk.iewiczes were infonned that they must make an interim payment of £50,000 to Serafin within 28 days "on account of his costs in the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court". Given that he stumped up a mere £7,000 of the £100,000 costs he was originally ordered to pay following the first trial (which the Malkiewiczes handed back after the first appeal),_ they see very little prospect of recovering any money should. they finally emerge victorious.

Serafin, who is being represented by Simon Bum Solicitors under a conditional fee agreement, has also succeeded in taking out a charging on the Malkiewiczes' home which in addition to the one taken out by Carter-Fuck leaves them unable to raise any funds against the property to pay for legal representation at the new tnal. They currently expect to have to represent themselves as litigants in person in ' proceedings which are scheduled to begin on 16 March, and will be conducted remotely due to Covid restrictions.
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