‘SLAPPs and freedom of expression: three proposals for the English courts’

“Strategic lawsuits against publication participation, or ‘SLAPPs’ are a form of litigation used to censor and intimidate critics, usually media organisations, journalists or freelance writers, human rights defenders or campaigning organisations. Frequently – although not always – the cause of action is defamation. The term is often used to suggest a claim that is brought not out of any genuine need to vindicate reputation but to put the defendant to exorbitant expense and the risk of insolvency, and to drain their time and morale through the demands imposed by the court timetable for litigation …” (more)

[Beth Grossman, Inforrm’s Blog, 3 March]

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