All over the EU journalists, activists and social organisations are brought into court by powerful people and corporations. But the reason for these court cases are not to actually win a case, but to silence, threaten and push back the people who are raising their voices agianst injustice.
These are the so-called SLAPP suits (Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation), which are hurting our democracy. This could be only solved if there is a legislation in all EU member states stopping these cases, that is why we are demanding a new EU directive from the Commission.
Together with colleagues from our political families, we have established the Media Working Group in the European Parliament and have drafted a letter to Vice-President Jourova, addressing the issue of Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation, which is supported by 32 MEPs. You can download it below.