On Friday 7th August we were emailed by Dan Warburton a reporter for the Sunday Mirror and Sunday People with regards to a story involving Natalie Bracht.
It was alleged that she claimed to have volunteered for us, translating correspondence from prisoners and also that she was provided with documents relating to Anwar Al-Awalki.
We made it clear to the journalist that we have no record of her ever volunteering for us. We also made it clear to him that it is widely reported that Natalie is a vulnerable person. However the imperative to publish another tabloid story about “bad muslims” seems to have taken precedence over any journalistic ethic. This approach of exploiting susceptible individuals for sensational headlines is a consistent feature of tabloid journalism highlighted by the Leveson Inquiry.
Our denial was published in the penultimate sentence but in no way reduced the overall defamatory insinuations.
Subsequently, this story was picked and published by The Sun, The Daily Mail, The Daily Record, The Daily Star and The Metro.
We have now instructed our lawyers with the intention to pursue claims against any publication that has printed defamatory meanings against CAGE in these articles.
(NOTE: CAGE represents cases of individuals based on the remit of our work. Supporting a case does not mean we agree with the views or actions of the individual. Content published on CAGE may not reflect the official position of our organisation.)