The European Commission wants to protect journalists and activists

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The vice-president, Vera Jourova, defends measures to fight against the judicial harassment of which they are victims.

The European Commission presents, for the first time, a package of measures to fight against the judicial harassment of journalists, whistleblowers or activists.“We have promised to defend (them) against those who seek to silence them. And that’s what we do, says Vice President Vera Jourova. In a democracy, wealth and power cannot give anyone an edge over the truth.”

The need for European legislation crystallized in October 2017, after the murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia. The one who denounced corruption in Malta was crumbling under 47 legal proceedings, opened mainly in the United Kingdom.

Increasingly frequent, these “SLAPP suits” aim to intimidate the recipients, to exhaust their resources and to involve them in multiple procedures, often in several jurisdictions, notes the European Commission. The Coalition against Slapp in Europe (Case) identifies…

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