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?”

Controversial Tory councillor back in the headlines again

It’s been quite a year for Robert John Fairbank Barnes. Born, brought up, educated and spending his entire career in Leeds, working for the City Council, before retiring in 2021. Twelve months ago, he was campaigning to be elected to Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council in their Chadderton South ward. A perennial failure, he had previouslyContinue reading “Controversial Tory councillor back in the headlines again”

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.”

Never rains but it pours

Problems continue to pile up for a notorious, unemployed Tameside-based conspiracy theorist as all the indications are that he is currently serving bans handed down by social media giants, Facebook and YouTube. Upon whom he depends heavily for income streams. Bradford-born Raja Miah, 49, out of work since 2017 until a recent, but brief, spellContinue reading “Never rains but it pours”

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”

Social media giants continue conspiracy theorist purge

Following a report here on Neil Wilby Media on 7th January, 2023 (read in full here) it has emerged that the social media giant, YouTube (owned by the even larger Google), continues to remove the content of Greater Manchester’s most infamous conspiracy theorist from its platform. Unemployed, Tameside-based Raja Miah, whose perennially disgraced Recusant NineContinue reading “Social media giants continue conspiracy theorist purge”

Borough Solicitor ‘reported to SRA’

Following publication of an article on Neil Wilby Media yesterday, cataloguing a series of alarming blunders made by Oldham Council’s Borough Solicitor (read here), a source has subsequently claimed that a very well-known, indeed infamous, local politician has ‘reported Paul Entwistle multiple times to the Solicitors’ Regulatory Authority (SRA)’. Given the highly attritional relationship betweenContinue reading “Borough Solicitor ‘reported to SRA’”