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🔴 NEW London is a hotspot for legal threats against journalists according to new report from @FPCThinkTank & @article19org staff

We spoke to FPC's @skcoughtrie & journalists @pcaruanagalizia & @RewcastleBrown about corrosive impact this has on public interest reporting 👇🧵
Recent high-profile #SLAPP cases involving @carolecadwalla, @CatherineBelton & @tomburgis are ‘tip of the iceberg’ according to London Calling report, with many cases never reaching court due to threat of astronomical legal fees…
The EU has just announced plans to protect journalists from vexatious lawsuits often brought by wealthy individuals or businesses to shut down scrutiny. But most legal threats originate in 🇬🇧, the so-called 'libel capital of the world'…
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🚨🚨🚨 NOUVEAU!!!
Le Ministère public de la Confédération🇨🇭 confirme l’ouverture d’une procédure très rare concernant le #crimedeguerre de pillage.
Les autorités suisses disposent en effet de suffisamment de soupçons que des actes de #pillage...
...- qui est un crime de guerre - auraient été commis en #Libye🇱🇾 dans le cadre d’opérations commerciales entre un groupe armé libyen et une entreprise de trading basée à Zoug, Kolmar Group AG.
@news_gotham révèle en effet que selon le MPC...
...«les soupçons s’avérant suffisants (…) l’ouverture d’une procédure pénale contre inconnus pour soupçons de crimes de guerre en se livrant au pillage» a été ordonnée.
La procédure fait suite à une dénonciation pénale de @trial au MPC en juin 2020.
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🔴 Journalists and lawyers providing evidence to the @UKHouseofLords said the impact of #SLAPP cases is the tip of the iceberg, with pre-court intimidation and the threat of costly legal proceedings meaning countless articles never get published…
@UKHouseofLords "In terms of the pressure it puts on the journalists, the legal action is never in isolation".

Clara Rewcastle-Brown @sarawak_report describes the massive vilification, surveillance, hacking, attacks, and defamation she endured over the course of her investigations.

🔴Susan Coughtrie @FPCThinkTank: "We conducted a survey a couple of years ago with 63 journalists in 41 countries. Over 70% had received a legal threat, and the Uk was identified as the international leading source of those threats"
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#SLAPPs 🧵: Deputy PM @DominicRaab is due to announce TODAY a consultation (open till 19 May) on proposals to address SLAPPs in the #UK, in order to prevent the misuse of laws to suppress acts of public participation 1/…
This goes further than the expected announcement for a 'call for evidence' that was rumoured a week ago, when Foreign Secretary @trussliz also reportedly "told government lawyers to “find literally any way” to crack down on #SLAPPs" 2/…
The proposals up for consultation are understood to range from strengthening legislation to introducing new court checks. Possible measures would enable courts to throw out #SLAPP claims earlier in proceedings & impose Civil Restraint Orders to stop repeated legal challenges. 3/
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The story of how the utterly malignant #EzraLevant & Rebel Media used #SLAPP suits to prevent the public from learning about the connection between “Rebel News” & the #ChristchurchMassacre, is but one such case of many.… #cdnmedia #cdnpoli
It begs the question: who pays for #EzraLevant’s #SLAPP suits as well as all his other legal bills? Who are the beneficiaries of Rebel’s disinformation? Certainly not the public & most definitely NOT the “working class”. “Rebel” is Putinesque propaganda.
#EzraLevant, in addition to using #SLAPP, routinely uses troll farm operations both to harass people on social media & to amplify “Rebel Media” disinformation. Levant partners with other malignant sociopathic actors: #cdnmedia #cdnpoli
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Delighted to have contributed to this timely report on #SLAPPs in #Europe, which cites some of @FPCThinkTank's Unsafe for Scrutiny's research findings, incl. the #UK as a leading transnational source of legal threats against journalists uncovering financial crime & corruption ⤵️
This finding was drawn from @FPCThinkTank's global survey conducted in 2020 w/ 63 investigative journalists in 41 countries, who also reported that legal threats were most challenging to respond to (more so than physical or digital attack). @JFJfund @OCCRP…
Also being launched today is the @CASECoalition’s report which covers >500 cases in 29 countries. This shows the scale of the problem of legal intimidation & #SLAPP, which has often been largely hidden to date.
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OMG @IoWBobSeely = IMPORTANT speech atm on:
#SLAPP & eg major legal firms don't do "know your client checks" as know "inherently corrupt"😱
"I note some oligarchs are distancing themselves from President Putin: (names 3!!)..I'm sorry I do not buy it!"
@carolecadwalla @peterjukes
Go back to Ukraine
"Firtash, now wanted by the Americans was set up by #Gazprom & by Putin, he was given sweetheart deals, so to import vast amounts of cheap energy into Ukraine. The vast profits he was able to garner from those sweetheart deals gave him a good life, but..
..but much more importantly he funnelled that money to buy up chunks of East Ukrainian industry, effectively as a front for the FSB(?) the former KGB, but also critically to purchase politicians & to fund the pro-Russian political parties in Eastern Ukraine.
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❗️Τη Δευτέρα, 31 Ιανουαρίου, στις 18:00, η @Hellenic_League διοργανώνει διαδικτυακή εκδήλωση για το πώς οι παρακολουθήσεις & οι διώξεις δημοσιογράφων απειλούν την Ελευθερία του Τύπου στην 🇬🇷.

Η εκδήλωση θα μεταδοθεί ζωντανά από την ΕλΕΔΑ στο Facebook 👉
2/ Στην εκδήλωση θα μιλήσουν:
👉Κατερίνα Παπανικολάου, μέλος της Αρχής Διασφάλισης Απορρήτου των Επικοινωνιών
👉Γιάννης Τασόπουλος, Καθηγητής Νομικής ΕΚΠΑ, ΕλΕΔΑ
👉Οι ρεπόρτερ @Malichudis (@we_are_solomon), @e_triantafillou (@insidestory_gr) & @Chondrogiannos (#ReportersUnited)
3/ Ο συντονισμός της εκδήλωσης θα γίνει από τη @f_kokkinaki, δημοσιογράφο & Γενική Γραμματέα της Ελληνικής Ένωσης για τα Δικαιώματα του Ανθρώπου (@Hellenic_League).…
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'..those with exceptionally deep pockets & exceptionally questionable ethics. These people use our justice system to threaten, intimidate & put the fear of God into British journalists, citizens, officials & media organisations..
What results is injustice, intimidation, suppression of free speech, the crushing of a free press, bullying& bankruptcy. It results in protection from investigation & gives encouragement to fraudsters, crooks & money launderers...

(@DavidDavisMP speech on #Lawfare & #SLAPP cont)
It's turned London into the global capital of dirty money. In extreme cases, it can undermine the SECURITY OF THE STATE by allowing people to act as extensions of foreign powers.
This is LAWFARE—lawfare against British freedom of speech, lawfare against the freedom of the press
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#Thread: Αγωγές & #SLAPP εναντίον της δημοσιογραφίας❗

Εκδικάστηκε η αγωγή της Ανταποδοτικής Ανακύκλωσης κατά του ρεπόρτερ Θοδωρή @Chondrogiannos & του @insidestory_gr για ρεπορτάζ σχετικά με την προβληματική λειτουργία της εταιρείας στην ανακύκλωση.…
2/ Το ρεπορτάζ του @Chondrogiannos στο @insidestory_gr έφερε στο φως έγγραφα του ΕΟΑΝ, του φορέα του υπουργείου Περιβάλλοντος που είναι υπεύθυνος για την ανακύκλωση στην 🇬🇷

🔎Τα έγγραφα περιέγραφαν την προβληματική λειτουργία της Ανταποδοτικής Ανακύκλωσης…
3/ Μετά τη δημοσίευση του ρεπορτάζ, η Ανταποδοτική Ανακύκλωση απέστειλε εξώδικο, με το οποίο ζήτησε την απόσυρση του άρθρου.

❗Το ρεπορτάζ δεν αποσύρθηκε και λίγο αργότερα η εταιρεία άσκησε αγωγή σε βάρος του μέσου ενημέρωσης και του δημοσιογράφου.
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1/34 🧵#CDNpoli #SLAPP

I've received a threatening letter from lawyers on behalf of @MercedesGlobal & @GlobalNews to prevent me from speaking about Stephenson's role in #CDNmedia as the wife of Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole's #Elxn44 director

This #thread is my response
2/34 🧵#CDNpoli #CDNmedia #Elxn44

I will not comply with demands made in bad faith by @GlobalNews & @MercedesGlobal, nor will I shrink from unfounded #SLAPP allegations that are libelous against me. I ask that you cease & desist with this harassment. Here are my reasons (con't):
3/34 🧵#CDNpoli #CDNmedia #Elxn44

On the 1st page of your error-laden defamation notice, you claim that I've caused @GlobalNews & @MercedesGlobal "serious damage" but fail to state any negative consequences & fail to provide evidence of damage

Is Elections Canada investigating?
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Remember @proctorio? They're the "remote proctoring" company that boomed during the pandemic by promising that they could stop exam cheating through gross, discriminatory privacy invasions and snake-oil machine learning.

1/ A laptop on a desk, its screen filled with the eye of HAL 90
If you'd like an unrolled version of this thread to read or share, here's a link to it on, my surveillance-free, ad-free, tracker-free blog:…
In case you've lost the thread (it's been a minute), Proctorio is a tool that transforms students' personal computers into surveillance tools.

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🔻The addresses we heard today were especially useful, if inescapably pessimistic, since as you know #PressFreedom in #Europe, is a crucial pillar of #EU #democracy.>>>

#DRFMG @EP_Justice
>>>This is a very serious issue.
The @EFJEUROPE, of which every Greek journalist is a member, conducted extensive research, shedding light on the “big picture” of media ownership in Europe, which found that:>>>

#PressFreedom @Europarl_EN
#DRFMG @EP_Justice
📌The vast majority of Media belong -with various degrees of transparency- to multinational shareholders. Their relationship w/ gov'ts is constantly deepening and this concerns all not just the usual suspects>>>

#PressFreedom @Europarl_EN
#DRFMG @EP_Justice
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Today, we had another chilling effect incident during a trial on a public interest affair. In particular, a reporter was asked to exit the room in the middle of the hearing (1) #slapp #stopslapps
under confusing justifications. The in force protocols for Courthouses define a maximum of 15 people per room and in certain cases of increased public interest such as corruption cases, the Judges have decided in advance to either accept a small number of reporters or no at all
but have published their decision in advance and have proposed alternatives to ensure protection of rights connected to reporting from this type of trials. Today, the only reporter (who has been following the case for a while now) was asked to exit the room
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Today @IBAnews and @GovAcctProj launched a groundbreaking international report on the effectiveness of #whistleblower laws. I'm going to share some key findings with you.
#Canada #Lebanon and #Norway's #whistleblower laws only met 1/20 best practices criteria making them the worst paper rights.
The EU Whistleblower Protection Directive, #Australia, and the #UnitedStates have the strongest #whistleblower laws, meeting 16/20 best practices criteria.
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“I came to the issue of vexatious defamation suits including #SLAPPs following the assassination of #DaphneCaruanaGalizia when we noticed the disappearance of news stories about #Pilatus bank - which she was investigating - from news websites in Malta,”
Many news outlets, threatened with potentially ruinous vexatious lawsuits by Pilatus through their London law firms, had removed this content.
The practice of #SLAPPs circumvents due legal process and effectively silences media reporting where the client has enough money to pay London law firms to make these threats. It fundamentally undermines any right to a fair trial.
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