Italian Insider legal defense fund

€3,100 of €4,000 goal

Raised by 47 people in 4 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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Thank you to all for donating as much as 3,000 euros. Your donations and those of 3 NGOs supporting press freedom have enabled us to pay all our legal and legal translation fees to date. We are now appealing for help with the next hefty batch of fees so that our legal team can prepare our defense at hearings against the Insider chief editor in January and February . DG Graziano Da Silva and his subordinates sueing us are using FAO donor funds earmarked for fighting hunger to pay their expensive team of 10 lawyers. We must rely on our readers' further steadfast support to be able to fight our corner against a possible prison sentence and or massive fines for civil damage if we are convicted for reporting the truth about FAO. Best rgrds
John Phillips
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Dear Friends,
Italian Insider is now fighting for survival. Heavy legal costs incurred to defend ourselves against the two defamation cases brought against me in the Rome Tribunal by FAO supremo José Graziano da Silva mean that we are struggling to cover our print and graphic costs of forthcoming print issues.
Italian Insider has played a role in defending jobs at the FAO and UN agencies in the past and has continued to fight to expose mismanagement and nepotism at the UN in Rome. Your further support to enable us to continue our work is much appreciated,
Best regards,
John Phillips
Editor in chief
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Dear friends,
Many thanks for your donations. We now face a second criminal libel trial against the Italian Insider chief editor that has been brought by FAO head José Graziano da Silva, which will start in February 2019 -- a month after the next hearing in the first trial -- in a further effort to silence our investigative reporting. This of course means heavier legal costs to defend ourselves in court and we have increased our fundraising target in order to meet this new challenge -- your further support to enable our newspaper to continue publishing is much appreciated
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Nice going on all the fabulous support from our donors and readers, my trial at the Rome Tribunal today was adjourned until January, next year. So we have raised the target to 3000 euros to help meet our costs of fighting on until then, fond wishes from all the Insiders!
John Phillips
Editor
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