Italian Insider Chief Editor John Phillips is appealing for donations to help pay legal costs in a press freedom battle at the Rome Tribunal court against the FAO to prevent the UN agency silencing the English-language newspaper's unique reporting on corruption and mismanagement.
Phillips was ordered to pay some 60,000 euros after he was convicted in the defamation case brought against him by the FAO Director General, José Graziano da Silva, for allegedly tarnishing the image of the FAO through the newspaper's investigative reporting.
The Insider is appealing for readers and well wishers to donate, anonymously if they wish, to help the Insider cover legal and legal translation costs of thousands of euros in the appeal that the newspaper is preparing against the harsh sentence.
The attack on the newspaper by the FAO threatens to drive the Insider out of business and set a dangerous precedent in preventing reporting on wrongdoing within the United Nations.
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