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Legal Human Academy undersigned a letter addressed to the EU Commission, welcoming the EU’s commitment to address the threat of vexatious litigation against journalists, civil society organisations, media outlets, activists, labour unions and others.  The incidence of Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPP) is notable throughout the European Union, while so far only a tip of the iceberg has been documented (see also here, here and here). The letter to the EU Commission, suggesting several lines of action, legislation and policy, is an initiative of the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) (here), in cooperation with other organisations and NGOs campaigning against SLAPP, such as Article 19, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), Greenpeace, Index on Censorship, PEN, Reporters without Borders (RSF) and the Daphne Caruana Galizia Foundation. The rationale and legal basis for the adoption of measures to be taken at EU level is endorsed in a joint statement ‘Ending Gag Lawsuits in Europe’ (here) and documented in a report (link here and here).

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