03 February 2009
Community worker wins damages in libel case
A community worker has secured undisclosed libel damages in a case he launched against the BBC.
Hanif Malik began legal proceedings against the broadcaster over reports that appeared on its Newsnight programme last August.
On the programme, it was alleged that funds given to a charity Mr Malik was connected with were passed on to men who were responsible for the July bombings in London in 2005.
It was claimed that money collected through Children in Need had been improperly diverted to a bookshop to assist the production of radical Islamist propaganda and to provide financial assistance to some of the men involved in the terrorist attack.
Recently, the BBC - which describes itself as the largest broadcasting corporation in the world - apologised to Mr Malik and agreed to pay him a substantial sum in compensation and his legal costs.
BBC counsel Kate Wilson told a hearing that the organisation regrets the distress and embarrassment he suffered.