MEPs call on Commission to protect freedom of the press

A number of MEPs have called on the Commission Vice-President to propose anti-SLAPP legislation by making it easier to dismiss vexatious lawsuits – and setting up a fund to cover the costs of these attempts

Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation (SLAPP) is considered to be a way to silence critical journalism.

“The cross-border nature of investigative journalism as well as the tendency to pursue legal action in jurisdictions outside the EU that only have a tenuous connection with the parties justifies and requires an EU response,” they said.

“The choice of jurisdiction is intended solely to make mounting a legal defence as painful and financially crippling as possible.”

MEPs David Casa (EPP), Ana Gomes (SD), Monica Macovei (ECR), Maite Pagazaurtundúa (ALDE), Stelios Kouloglou (GUE) and Benedek Jávor (Greens-EFA) said Pilatus Bank’s threats against Maltese journalists in the US were “a perfect illustration of the abusive and contemptible nature of SLAPP practices”,

Reports show that the bank – at the

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