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Italian Insider legal defense fund

€9,825 of €12,000 goal

Raised by 119 people in 14 months
Created June 1, 2018

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 faces a possible prison sentence and hundreds of thousands of euros in civil damages if he is 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 case being heard next at the Rome Tribunal court on July 9, 2019, at 12 a.m. 

 The attack on the newspaper by the FAO threatens to drive the Insider out of business, land Phillips in prison under Italy's antiquated libel laws and set a dangerous precedent in preventing reporting on wrongdoing within the United Nations.
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Dear Friends,

As we report today, the FAO has acknowledged the hurried departure of former human resources supremo Fernando Servan, removing him from the official organisational chart of the UN agency following the Italian Insider's exposure of his predatory activities that sparked an internal investigation and his suspension and dismissal this month.
http://www.fao.org/fileadmin/user_upload/faoweb/images/organigramme/FAOOrganigramme-en.pdf

Against this background we need your donations, no matter how modest, to help us cover our legal costs to appeal against the harsh sentence handed down by an Italian judge last month to me as Insider chief editor at the end of a lawsuit brought by Senor Servan's protector and promoter, Brazilian former director general José Graziano da Silva, and four of his executives.

Thank you for your support of the Insider's independent reporting and freedom of the press.

Kind rgrds

John Phillips

Editor in chief
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Dear Friends,

The office of the UN Secretary General in New York remains tight lipped in the face of media questions about the demise of FAO HR chief Fernando Servan in a sex harassment probe scandal, first reported by the Italian Insider.
http://www.innercitypress.com/unbansicp280noonbriefing081319.html

We urge you to support our independent reporting with donations, no matter how modest, so that we may continue to provide objective news on the UN agencies in Rome and elsewhere. Buon Ferragosto!!

John Phillips

Editor in chief
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Dear Friends,

While the FAO maintains a stony silence on the demise of its HR supremo Fernando Servan reported exclusively this month by the Insider, colleagues at the Inner City Press in New York today were poised to ask Secretary General Gutteres' press office for details of the affair, one of the highest level sex scandals to shake the U.N. since the 'Me Too' movement erupted.
http://www.innercitypress.com/ungutsexharass7faoservan081119.html

Italian media also begin to take notice of the affair
http://osservatorio.riparteilfuturo.it/notizia.html?id=229189

We urgently need your solid support to pursue our independent reporting -- and to pay mushrooming legal costs for our appeal against the harsh judgement handed down to me last month in Rome Tribunal the for 'besmirching the image' of the FAO.

Thank you for your support of the Insider and for Freedom of the Press, Best regards

John Phillips

Editor in chief
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Dear Friends,

The suspension and demise that we report today of the FAO's notorious human resources director Fernando Servan followed years of campaigning by the Italian Insider to expose his nefarious activities.

http://www.italianinsider.it/?q=node/8417

Women working at the UN agency can now breathe sighs of relief, but we need your support to continue our independent reporting on the UN agencies in Rome and elsewhere.

We also urgently need your donations, no matter how modest, to help us pay legal costs of appealing against the harsh conviction last month by an Italian judge of myself as Insider chief editor for 'besmirching the image of the FAO,' a verdict that the dismissal of Servan shows was a travesty of justice.

Thank you for your support of the Insider and of the free press, kind regards

John Phillips

Editor in chief
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