Reports and papers

Analyses on specific aspects related to press and media freedom, performed and published by research centres, non-governmental organizations and public bodies

Communication, Power and Counter-power in the Network Society

A landmark analysis by Spanish sociologist Manuel Castells on the relations between media and politics in the frame of new online communication systems

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SLAPPs: Strategic Lawsuits against Public Participation

This article, published in 1989, originally presented with the additional title “Protecting Property or Intimidating Citizens”, contains the very first academic definition and study of SLAPPs, the lawsuits aimed at silencing freedom of expression

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The SLAPP from a Sociological Perspective

This paper is authored by one of the two academics who invented the acronym Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation. Penelope Canan, Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Denver studied SLAPPs together with George W. Pring, Professor of Law at the same university, adding a sociological perspective to the legal analysis

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