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The Private Members’ Bill marks a “crucial milestone for the UK to stamp out all SLAPPs targeting public interest reporting.”
NUJ joins over 60 signatories in calling for urgent legislation to protect journalists.
The union will represent members through its seat, noting the taskforce as a “significant step in tackling the scourge of strategic litigation aimed at crushing freedom of expression.”
Union calls for journalists' protections on all SLAPP cases, and not those limited in scope to economic crime.
The Court of Appeal has instructed journalist Carole Cadwalladr to pay costs in excess of £1m to multimillionaire Arron Banks.
Over 900 active cases including those against journalists are burdening courts and attempting to censor the press.
A new consultation seeks views on proposals tackling the weaponising of lawsuits to silence journalists.
IFJ survey shows depth of crisis for media and demands urgent action to save jobs, protect independent media and fund quality journalism.