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Italian Insider legal defense fund

€4,160 of €5,500 goal

Raised by 60 people in 8 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 Jan. 15, 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, Our battle to prevent the FAO silencing Italian Insider's independent reporting has intensified. Last week the judge at the Rome Tribunal adjourned my criminal libel trial till May 5 so that a whistleblower can testify in my defense to the veracity of Insider dispatches on the mismanagement at the troubled agency. ( see our report http://www.italianinsider.it/?q=node/7678 )
Now we need to pay to fly our witness from Africa to Rome to attend the trial, and we have had additional translation costs of court documents. On Feb. 7th I am in court again for a second round of criminal libel chartegs brought by FAO chief José Graziano da Silva, incurring further legal bills. We depend on your support to be able to mount a serious defense against the massed ranks of expensive FAO lawyers paid unwittingly by the taxpayer. All donations to our fighting fund to preserve press freedom are highly appreciated, kind rgrds
John Phillips, Editor in chief
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Dear Friends, last week at the Rome Tribunal the court trying Insider Editor John Phillips on charges of criminal libel heard our linguistic expert Torquil Dick Erikson demolish the inaccurate translations from English to Italian used by the FAO lawyers to try and twist our articles about the UN agency to back up its false claims that we defamed the FAO and four of its honchos. You can read a report of the hearing here http://www.italianinsider.it/?q=node/7601. The battle resumes at the Rome Tribunal Friday Jan. 25 while the second case brought by the FAO against the Insider will be heard at the court Feb.7.
Your generous donations to our fighting fund are vital in ensuring that we can cover our legal costs and ensure that Italian Insider is not silenced by Graziano's policy of judicial persecution which violates the UN charter's principles of press freedom. kind rgrds
John Phillips
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Dear friends, With less than a week to go before I appear in court at the Rome Tribunal against the massed lawyers of the FAO next Tuesday January 15 on trumped-up charges of Italian Insider tarnishing the image of the UN agency we are still in need of your support to help pay for our legal defense and prevent the newspaper being pushed into bankruptcy.

We will not be silenced or intimidated by the threat, under Italy's antiquated libel law, of a prison sentence and massive civil damages from covering the mismanagement and nepotism at the UN agencies in Rome. you can read our latest report on the twilight days of the Graziano regime here http://www.italianinsider.it/?q=node/7561.

As you know, the FAO in sueing a newspaper in this way also violates the UN Charter that guarantees freedom of the press.

Thank you for whatever donation you can afford to ensure we continue our independent reporting and can fully defend ourselves against the expensive FAO lawyers paid with money earmarked for the hungry,

kind rgrds
John Phillips, Editor in chief
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With just three weeks to go till the trial of Insider chief editor on criminal libel charges brought by the FAO resumes at the Rome Tribunal, we wanted to share this recent interview carried out by the New American. Please shower down your donations so that we can continue our exclusive investigative reporting on the UN agencies in Rome and elsewhere and avoid us being sielnced by the cost of defending ourselves in the two vexatious cases brought by FAO. Kind rgrds
John Phillips
Editor in chief
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