Reporters Without Borders condemns latest threat against The Shift News

A new threat of possible legal action against Malta-based investigative outlet The Shift News has highlighted the growing international abuse of defamation laws to silence public interest investigative reporting, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said in a statement.

The international press freedom organisation condemned the latest attempt to pressure The Shift News into removing an article on the findings of an international investigation on corruption by the OCCRP. RSF said the latest threat underscored the need to address the threats posed to journalism and broader press freedom by vexatious defamation lawsuits.

On 6 March, The Shift News received a letter from London law firm Simons Muirhead Burton, on behalf of Russian banker Ruben Vardanyan, demanding the removal of an article published on 4 March under the headline “Troika laundromat: How the Russians moved their money into the west”.

The article published by The Shift News reported on the ‘Troika

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