Jeremy Corbyn leads criticism of Paradise Papers legal action

Jeremy Corbyn has expressed his support for the Guardian and the BBC in the face of legal action over their reporting on overseas tax havens, which he described as “an immoral scourge”.

The Labour leader said the investigative reporting involved in the Panama Papers and Paradise Papers was essential to promoting democratic debate.

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He joined senior Labour MPs, Liberal Democrats and parliamentarians who said the legal action by Appleby, the offshore company at the heart of the Paradise Papers, was “alarming” and “worrying” for press freedom.

There was unanimous agreement that the disclosures about the workings of offshore tax havens were firmly in the public interest.

The Guardian is to mount a defence against Appleby’s

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