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Italian Insider legal defense fund

€3,500 of €4,000 goal

Raised by 53 people in 6 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,

The clock is ticking for the hearings at the Rome Tribunal of the two vexatious criminal libel cases brought against the Insider chief editor by the FAO director general, which will be heard next month and in February.
Your donations to our legal defense fund are vital for the survival of the Italian Insider, the only media outlet to scrutinise the murky activities of the UN agencies in Rome and many other issues of public interest,
thank you for your steadfast support, kind rgrds
John Phillips
Editor in chief
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Dear Friends, After our exposé of FAO HR chief Fernando Servan's predatory sexual tendencies the UN in New York was forced to make a weasel-worded statement http://www.innercitypress.com/ungutsexharass5faoservan107118.html
As one of our donors opined "Italian Insider is the only media organisation putting the Rome UN agencies under scrutiny." The Peruvian snogger remains in office but his time is running out.
Please keep your invaluable financial support for our legal defence fund coming as we brace for the next hearing Jan.14 in the long-running criminal libel suit brought against the Insider chief editor by the FAO and the second case against him also brought by FAO due to open Feb.7
Tim Hedges in the Commentator newspaper recently summed up some of the reasons why it is good to support us http://www.thecommentator.com/article/6817/shabby_un_outfit_seeks_to_silence_its_critics
very Best regards
John Phillips
Editor in chief
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Dear friends and supporters, Our new November print issue is now on sale at news stands around Rome http://www.italianinsider.it/?q=node/169 including our exclusive story about sex harassment allegations against the FAO HR head and pages of other news on UN agencies and Italy. Despite the sky high costs of fighting two criminal libel cases brought against the Insider chief editor by FAO executives trying to silence us, we continue to publish our monthly flagship print issue supplementing our digital newspaper. We rely on your continuing generous donations to help defend ourselves in the forthcoming defamation cases in the Rome Tribunal that will resume two months hence. Best rgrds and thank you for your steadfast support
John
Phillips
Editor in chief
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Dear Friends, Despite FAO's efforts to silence the Italian Insider reporting on the UN agencies in Rome through Italy's antiquated defamation laws, our flow of exclusive stories continues with thousands of readers clicking on our recent exposure of the unsavoury FAO Human Resources' chief Fernando Servan's inappropriate behaviour http://www.italianinsider.it/?q=node/7323.
As the next hearing of the criminal libel trial brought against the Insider chief editor in January approaches your generous support to help us cover our legal defense and legal translation costs is more vital than ever. Thank you for your solidarity with the Insider.
John Phillips
Editor in chief
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