Strategic Litigation Against Public Participation

The use of Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPPs) to target and restrict journalists and media workers exerts significant pressure on media freedom across Europe. SLAPPs enable powerful and wealthy litigants to stifle legitimate criticism through the abuse of existing laws, most notably, defamation. This page presents ECPMF’s work on SLAPPs and anti-SLAPP measures, as well as that of other organisations it partners with.

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22.02.2018

MEPs continue to pile on pressure for anti-SLAPP legislation

Pilatus Bank tactics lambasted in letter to Commission Vice-President.

A cross-party initiative by MEPs that are committed to working to protect media freedom have called on Commission Vice-President to propose Anti-SLAPP legislation.

June 2019

SLAPPs against journalists and the media.

A gathering storm: the laws being used to silence the media

A review of how laws are being used in Europe to bring actions against journalists.

In undertaking research into the scope and scale of vexatious lawsuits – or strategic lawsuits against public participation (Slapps) – against journalists and media outlets in Europe, Index hopes to help address the current dearth of information around the phenomenon.

28.05.2020

MEPS anti-SLAPP letter

Thirty four MEPSs co-sign letter to Věra Jourová initiate a new directive to stop SLAPP suits

Members of the European Parliament raised their voices and called for the publics attention to pressing problems regarding the Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPPs).

Věra Jourová replies to MEPs letter

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