Ending Gag Lawsuits in Europe – Protecting Democracy and Fundamental Rights


A number of European organizations signed an anti- Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPP) policy paper in Europe, indicating that the EU must end gag lawsuits used to silence individuals and organizations that hold those in positions of power to account. The organizations suggest that SLAPPs are lawsuits brought forward by powerful actors such as companies, public officials in their private capacity, high profile persons to harass and silence those speaking out in the public interest. Typical victims are those with a watchdog role, for example, journalists, activists, informal associations, academics, trade unions, media organizations, and CSOs. Read more here.

Source: ECPMF


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