Will new powers restrain wealthy and powerful from intimidating journalists?

As a Branch committee member of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) in Leeds and West Yorkshire, the vexed issue, or ever-present spectre, of oppressive litigation against The Fourth Estate looms large, writes Neil Wilby. As an investigative journalist, I am part of a caucus most vulnerable to such attack. By the nature of ourContinue reading “Will new powers restrain wealthy and powerful from intimidating journalists?”

To the bitter end?

One of the few joys of court reporting is early access to what are known as the pleadings in civil litigation: The claimant’s claim form, statement and/or particulars of the claim and the defendant’s statement of grounds of defence. More so, if one or more of the parties to the litigation is well known, theContinue reading “To the bitter end?”

Doubling down on defamation

A notorious, unemployed, Tameside-based conspiracy theorist appears determined to press the self-destruct button. Already on separate police and court conditional bail over communications and harassment allegations, Raja Miah, 49, of Stamford Street, Mossley, faces, on his own admission, losing his home over a defamation claim made against him recently by Dr Zahid Chauhan OBE, aContinue reading “Doubling down on defamation”

Past Mayor of Oldham wins libel and harassment claim against former councillor colleague.

An attritional case, covered exclusively on Neil Wilby Media almost since its inception, has reached its legal conclusion, barring mishaps over payment of costs and damages by the unsuccessful party. Cllr Riaz Ahmad, who won a claim for libel and harassment against Khazir Rehman in 2022, has now been awarded the costs of the action,Continue reading “Past Mayor of Oldham wins libel and harassment claim against former councillor colleague.”

Day of reckoning for top Tory

At a disposal hearing in the Royal Courts of Justice later this morning, a well known political activist from Oldham, Greater Manchester faces a costs and damages bill estimated to be in the order of £200,000 following harassment and defamation findings against him. This High Court case has been covered exclusively on Neil Wilby Media,Continue reading “Day of reckoning for top Tory”

The Dawn of Reality

It’s been a long time coming, but the reality of his persistent, mendacious lying and money-grubbing conspiracy theorising has finally dawned on Raja Miah, a 49 year old unemployed resident in the upmarket Tameside village of Mossley. In a post on his thoroughly disgraced, frequently banned Recusant Nine Facebook page he admits facing the prospectContinue reading “The Dawn of Reality”

Will ‘Boots’ toe the line over doctor’s proposed remedy?

The controversial outfall from a story first broken on Neil Wilby Media on 16th November, 2022 continues to spread far and wide. The article can be read in full here but, in essence, it was two Liberal Democrat councillors who sit on Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council (OMBC) complaining about a senior Labour councillor and allegedContinue reading “Will ‘Boots’ toe the line over doctor’s proposed remedy?”

Doctor loses patience over ‘smear’ campaign

On Monday 21st November, 2022 it was exclusively revealed, here on Neil Wilby Media, that lawyers acting for an Oldham general practitioner (GP) had issued letters warning of legal action to a Liberal Democrat councillor and one of the town’s two newspapers (read the article here). This followed the issue of a press release byContinue reading “Doctor loses patience over ‘smear’ campaign”

Leading Tory activist faces up to £200,000 costs and damages after High Court defeat

In a detailed High Court judgment handed down on 3rd February, 2022, following hearings held at the Royal Courts of Justice in April and October, 2021, Master Victoria McLeod found that Khazir Rehman, 36, of Oldham, Greater Manchester had harassed and seriously defamed a pillar of his local community, Cllr Riaz Ahmad (read full detailsContinue reading “Leading Tory activist faces up to £200,000 costs and damages after High Court defeat”