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URGENT FIGHTING FUND: David v Goliath; Byline v Dacre

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URGENT FIGHTING FUND: David v Goliath; Byline v Dacre
Your Byline Needs You: To fight off the Daily Mail's bid to crush free speech.

Yes, you read it right. 

Byline, a small crowd-funded journalism site committed to investigating the stories the mainstream press won't touch, is being threatened with a crippling libel action from Paul Dacre, Editor-in-Chief of the Mail Group. 

But he's not the only Associated News big-wig lining-up against us. Dacre is joined in the fray by two other powerful Daily Mail executives - Editor Emeritus and IPSO Complaints Board member Peter Wright, and Liz Hartley, Head of Editorial Legal Services. 

Their lawyers have served a letter citing these three articles as defamatory. 

Part 1: Daily Mail Faces Fresh Blagging Scandal 
Part 2: Daily Mail 'Must have Known' says Blagging Scandal Private Detective
Part 3: Mail Blags Byline over Illegal Spying 

Read them yourself. We believe these articles are accurate and justified under public interest

Before we published, Byline gave the Mail more rights than they accord many others in respect of a right-to-reply. We gave them 24 hours to respond to the  allegations contained in both 1 and 2. We published their comments in Part 3. 

At first they dismissed us and now they try to shut us down 

Dacre, Wright and Hartley have not sought corrections, or referred us to our regulator, Impress. Instead they have demanded we remove these articles, apologise, or face damages.

We are too small to afford the array of in-house lawyers and external law firms that the Mail group employ.  Instead, as a crowd funding site, we rely on pro bono legal advice and the good will of our supporters.

We need you to stop the Mail having a chilling effect on our investigations into their use of private detectives. 

Every penny you donate (including processing fees) will go to fight these libel threats and fund our Investigations Team to fearlessly pursue wrongdoing. 

We believe in speaking truth to power and not succumbing to bullying media barons. 

Help us fight the Dacre libel threat and continue our work. 

If you'd prefer to pay by PAYPAL we can honour your rewards there.

Byline has a history of covering Press misconduct and invasion of privacy. Our reporters have brought you live coverage of trials and stories about phone hacking at News of the World. We have broken exclusives about Glenn Mulcaire, Rebekah Brooks and Mazher Mahmood ('The Fake Sheikh). Byline also crowdfunded the hit No 1. Podcast Untold; the Daniel Morgan Murder.

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We need a fighting fund to counter one of Britain's most powerful media groups shutting down a public interest investigation


Linda Foster

3 years ago

Likewise with the comment below. I do not consider the Daily Mail a reliable source for unfettered or uncorrupted information. Quite the reverse. These media tycoons and their editors are inflicting their own idea of how society should be run and it is one founded on hate and abuse.

Susan Angoy

3 years ago

I'm proud to support Byline Media against this challenge. Without free & objective journalism we move closer to totalitarianism