Upon the invitation of the European Commission, our Research Affiliate Petra Bard co-authored a comparative study including policy recommendations on the legal environment of Strategic Lawsuits against Public Participation (SLAPPs) in the European Union and its Member States.
“SLAPP cases impose a chilling effect on the free press and the work of civil society organisations. Investigative journalism contributes to the fight against corruption, fraud, clientelism, and other illegal actions or anomalies which have a negative effect on national economies and the EU budget. The effect produced by SLAPP cases discourages inquiry and disclosure which could otherwise lead to a better enforcement of EU law,” the authors write.
The study builds on the results of a previous, preliminary paper by the same research team.
Download the study here.