Mail publisher pays damages over 'grotesque' libel in Tom Bower book

Mail publisher pays damages to Palestinian centre over libel in book serialisation

Mail publisher Associated Newspapers has paid substantial damages over a “grotesque” libel made against a non-profit Palestinian refugee group in its serialisation of a Jeremy Corbyn biography.

The Mail on Sunday and Mail Online ran extracts from investigative biographer and ex-Panorama reporter Tom Bower’s book Dangerous Hero about the former Labour leader (pictured) in February 2019.

The book, and one of the serialised extracts, contained the claim that the UK-based Palestinian Return Centre  was “known to blame the Jews for the Holocaust”.

Carter-Ruck, representing the PRC, said the “grotesque but utterly false” allegation had come from the misreporting in the media of comments made by a member of the audience at an event hosted by the PRC at the House of Lords in 2016.

The PRC publicly condemned the comments after the event.

Carter-Ruck announced today that Associated Newspapers has paid substantial damages and costs to PRC after it published a correction and apology in March.

Harper Collins and Bower have already withdrawn the contentious passage, explaining that the author had relied on a contemporaneous newspaper report of the incident that had not been amended or corrected.

The claim will not appear in the paperback or any other future editions of Bower’s book.

 

Picture: Reuters/Hannah McKay

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