Publication Date: May 2020
Research and Editorial Team: Jessica Ní Mhainín

This report – which looks at EU states, the UK and Norway – is intended as a foundation for forthcoming research.

Its aim is to provide a concise snapshot of the legal systems that are being abused in favour of the powerful.

SLAPPs, strategic lawsuits against public participation, are in fact an abuse of the law, aimed at silencing dissent, intimidating journalists and activists.

Therefore, knowing the laws that can open to a SLAPP can help tackling the phenomenon.

For every country listed in the report, there is a short overview of legislation on defamation.

Tags: SLAPP Defamation and Libel European policies and legislation Freedom of expression

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