News / 12 May, 2010

Hackney Citizen launches fighting fund for legal battle with Council

Defence mounted of right to publish audio evidence of Town Hall’s election blunder

Donate 460x368Hackney Citizen has launched an appeal for fighting funds to help pay its legal costs in its dispute with Hackney Council.

The Council wrote to Hackney Citizen last Thursday, 6 May, asking us to remove two audio recordings from our website.

The audio clips are recordings of a Hackney Council employee wrongly informing a caller that there was no Conservative party candidate standing in the Hackney Mayoral election.

The Council says that it will apply for an injunction and its legal costs if we do not comply with its request.

We take the view that it is in the public interest to disclose the way the Council was dealing with the issue, as evidenced by the audio clips.

The recordings can be found on our website here.

The letter to Hackney Citizen from Hackney Council’s legal department can be found here.

Hackney Citizen is now launching a fighting fund in order to raise, over the next few weeks, the money needed to pay for legal advice to resist the Council’s request to remove the audio clips.

Our situation is being followed closely by Private Eye, , Jack of Kent, Richard Wilson and top London blogger Blood and Property, amongst others.

If you’d like to offer financial support to our cause, please donate now using the button at the side of the page, or by sending a cheque payable to The Hackney Citizen Ltd to:

Hackney Citizen, 9 Perseverance Works, 38 Kingsland Road, London E2 8DD.

Many thanks to everyone who has tweeted, emailed and phoned us over the last week – your support is greatly appreciated.

Keith Magnum
Hackney Citizen

Update, 11.55am Wed 12 May:

Private Eye has announced that  “in solidarity with the Hackney Citizen”, it is posting the audio evidence on its website, (See p12 14 May 2010 issue)

/ 12 May, 2010
  • Paul

    Perhaps you should refer Mr Pipe to the plaintiff’s famous two-word reply in the case of Arkell vs Pressdram.


    Hey, I thought Jules et al were all PR professionals.

    Just when we thought they couldn’t be any dumber…

  • Jane Smith

    Bambos Charalambous is an in-house lawyer for Hackney ­Council and unsuccessful Labour parliamentary candidate for Enfield Southgate. Charalambous was already elected a Labour councillor for Enfield but failed to pull off Stephen Twigg’s act and win the seat for Labour, despite boundary changes that should have safely landed him the seat. Let’s hope embittered Charalambous has not got too much influence over whether Hackney Citizen still faces the threatened legal action by Hackney Council’s lawyers.

  • Jane Smith

    Here’s the correct link in Private Eye.

  • Very best of luck. This cannot be allowed to stand.

  • Hackney Council should not be wasting Hackney Council taxpayers’ money …[…] the recording on the website I heard through Private Eye didn’t say any names about the Hackney member of staff on the phone.


    In fact, no names are given or talked about in that website taped recording.

    Hackney Council stop wasting taxpayers’ money, as the Hackney Citizen and Private Eye have done nothing wrong and no names were spoken/mentioned at all.

    ” I am re-tweeting this ‘Fight legal battle’ page to everyone. My username is: SCOTT1984_FP

    Join the re-tweeting campaign.

  • I’ve tweeted this to all my national media contacts. It’s outrageous! Don’t they know the world has moved on? Free speech is allowed again now Labour has lost the national election.


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