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J&E joins anti-SLAPP petition to the EU

09-06-2020
Category: Aarhus

In total, 119 NGOs from a wide variety of policy areas support the paper, demanding that the Commission table its anti-SLAPP measures at the end of the year. 

http://www.justiceandenvironment.org/fileadmin/user_upload/Publications/Ending_SLAPPs_-_NGO_Policy_Paper_119_FINAL.pdf

Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPP) are lawsuits brought forward by powerful actors (e.g. 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 instance: journalists, activists, informal associations, academics, trade unions, media organisations and civil society organisations.

The EU must end gag lawsuits used to silence individuals and organisations that hold those in positions of power to account.