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Arron Banks threatens Netflix over Great Hack documentary

Arron Banks threatens Netflix over Great Hack documentary

20.7.2019

Arron Banks threatens Netflix over Great Hack documentary

Legal threat comes as campaigners warn UK government that courts are being used to intimidate journalists

Award-winning reports by Cadwalladr, a freelance journalist who works for the Observer, have led to multiple investigations by regulators, and a $5bn fine for Facebook.

London law firm Kingsley Napley, acting on behalf of Banks, his company Eldon Insurance, and Leave.EU, said in a letter on 16 July that their clients were concerned it would include “false and defamatory allegations” about their clients made by Cadwalladr and others.

“We would invite Mr Banks to watch the film when it premieres worldwide on Netflix on 24 July.” He added that Banks would be welcome at a London screening at the ICA that day.

Banks said: “I’m a great supporter of a free media and press. Unfortunately, Brexit has caused a breakdown in usual journalistic standards.

The 16 signatories included Webster, and the directors of leading media and artistic freedom groups the Committee to Protect Journalists, PEN, Index on Censorship, Reporters Sans Frontières ,campaign group Greenpeace, a law scholar and the family of murdered Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.

“One of the things we have become increasingly worried about was the use of legal threats to silence journalists, and especially the threat of expensive libel suits,” said Jodie Ginsberg, chief executive of Index on Censorship.

The organisation last year gave Cadwalladr its L’esprit de RSF award, and Vincent praised her for discussing the lawsuit publicly.

“Arron Banks is not suing Ted or the Guardian and Observer, though it is the extensive investigations that we have published and that have helped trigger several serious criminal investigations that has prompted this lawsuit,” she said.

Ginsberg urged authorites to make good on those promises by cracking down on abuses within the country. “Given that the UK has made media freedom its major focus for 2019, one way it could take a lead is dealing with the big UK law firms who are helping the rich and powerful to stifle investigative journalism.”

Read more: The Guardian

What’s he gonna do? Cancel his subscription? I'm sure Netflix will be as scared of Arron_banks as he is of my followers. HackettTom I would imagine that Netflix will give precisely zero fucks about wide boy Banks Or as we call it: 'giving it more publicity' 😂😂😂 carolecadwalla Arron_banks Didums going to sue someone else!

jpublik kingsleynapley should be ashamed of themselves. Ahhhh yes, that well know c**t Aaron Banks!! Carry on Netflix, and don’t take any notice of that wankstain on humanity. 🍿 He's going to Spain soon to have a tilt at some windmills. Sad little man. Bully Boy Banks is always threatening to sue someone. This time the someone has much deeper pockets than he does

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