How to stop SLAPPs – the intentional silencing of critical voices
By ECPMF press/Faith Miyandazi
From France to Croatia, Malta to Italy, judicial harassment of journalists in the European Union is rising as more and more journalists are subjected to SLAPPs. Yes, they are called "SLAPPs", Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation. Like their acronym, they are slapped onto journalists, media houses, human rights defenders and other critics, to silence them, stop investigative research or squash political dissent.
SLAPPs was the theme of discussions at the European Parliament in Brussels, on 12 November 2019. Members of the European Parliament, David Casa, Stelios Kouloglu and Viola von Cramon joined the European Centre for Press…