In the meantime, freelance journalist Paddy French, who runs the excellent Press Gang site, took an interest in the Panorama programme and passed trenchant and adverse comment upon it, publishing a series of posts on the subject.
Why this happened is not clear, except that Lewis has recently made an outrageous and provably untrue claim about Hacked Off: after the group announced last year that they were launching a fundraising drive, he sniped “Don’t bother giving. They do not care about people affected by the press, just about themselves. They use genuine victims”.
Lawyer Mark Lewis ...
You can give to that crowdfunder HERE. I have already done so. You can also read Paddy French’s statement on the threat to him and his finances HERE. This is what he has said so far: “It’s clear John Ware feels our report is an attack on his professional integrity … Press Gang feels equally strongly that the report met the highest standards of ethical journalism - and we’ll be defending it strongly … We’re confident it was a fair criticism of a contentious piece of broadcasting and that a court will agree with us … But we cannot get to that point without your help”. The BBC has not commented on Ware’s action.
... and an interesting treatment of his former friends
I’m sure that information will be readily and swiftly made available. Sooner or later.