Judeo-British television presenter Rachel Riley on Monday won a libel case against a former British Labor Party staff member who accused her of calling former party leader Jeremy Corbyn a “Nazi”.
The Royal Courts of Justice in London awarded Riley, who co-hosts the British game show “Countdown,” 10,000 euros (just over $ 11,000) in damages, and Judge Nicklin has ruled that she has “the right” to “claim” over a Twitter message from Laura Murray, 32.
After Corbyn was cheered on during his visit to a mosque in March 2019, Riley, 35, posted a screenshot of a tweet from Guardian reporter Owen Jones who said, “I think good life advice is, if you don’t want eggs thrown at you, don’t be a Nazi. She added to the post: “Good advice.”
Murray, who was the Labor Party’s complaints chief when led by Corbyn, responded to Riley’s tweet saying: ‘You are publicly promoting violent attacks on a man who is already the target of death threats. Please think for a second about the dangerous and unhealthy role you are now choosing to play in public life. Riley did not respond to the message.
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Murray then tweeted: ‘Today Jeremy Corbyn went to his local mosque to Visit My Mosque and was attacked by a Brexiteer. Rachel Riley tweets that Corbyn deserves to be violently attacked for being a Nazi. This woman is as dangerous as she is stupid. No one should engage with it. Never.”
Riley, who has spoken openly about anti-Semitism within Labor, told the court she received abusive messages on Twitter following Murray’s tweet. In her witness statement for the trial, Riley said she was called a “stupid little girl”, “big filth racist”, “vile”, “dumb liar” and “bh liar” by hateful Twitter users. . She added that she was sarcastic in her tweet and did not call Corbyn a Nazi. She also told the judge that Murray’s tweet was damaging to his reputation, and Nicklin ruled in agreement with Riley.
Riley claimed Murray was “hissing” his Twitter followers to “pile up” hate messages targeting the “Countdown” host.
She previously told the High Court: “The allegations in the tweet have left me vulnerable to physical attack, which is understandably very worrying. The volume of offensive and threatening messages was overwhelming. I found it difficult to concentrate on my work and suffered from sleepless nights. Even now, the abuse has not been controlled and my reputation is not justified. “
Murray told the court she thought Riley was “deliberately provocative” with her tweet on the day Corbyn was spurred on.
She denied defaming Riley and argued that her Twitter post reflected the truth and her honest opinion. She said: “The purpose of my tweet was to advise people, as much as they wanted to listen to it, ‘don’t get involved with this’,’ this is a waste of time ‘,’ no one takes it away nothing “,” this is a huge waste of emotional resources. I could see it was really counterproductive. It’s just totally unnecessary.
Riley said in a Twitter Publish Monday that she is “extremely satisfied” with the outcome of the case.
“It has been a very exhausting process and I am relieved to finally have a rationale,” she wrote. “It never needed to get to this point, but I’m grateful that I had an outlet to set the record straight. It is the culmination of several difficult years for many Jews and allies. Hope this reminds you that you can’t vilify people inconsequentially, even on Twitter.