Initiative against abusive litigation targeting journalists and rights defenders

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EGSZB-szekcióvélemény: Initiative against abusive litigation targeting journalists and rights defenders

Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation" (SLAPPs) are a particular form of harassment used against journalists, rights defenders and others who are involved in protecting the public interest. Typically, they are meritless lawsuits lodged by powerful individuals or entities against a weaker party who expresses a critical position on a matter of public interest. Through this Opinion, the EESC welcomes the European Commission initiative – a proposed Directive and a Recommendation – aiming to tackle this growing phenomenon. The EESC also proposes to go beyond the current scope of the initiative, notably through a stronger focus on national aspects, and recommendations on aspects like preliminary rulings or training.


Practical information

Composition of the study group & calendar

Administrator in charge: Jean-Marie Rogue/ Assistant: Sandra Hollander