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SLAPP Fight: How Journalists Are Pushing Back on Nuisance Lawsuits

“There certainly appears to be a worrying trend around the world where powerful companies or public officials attempt to censor public participation on matters of public interest through lawsuits, for instance in the law of defamation,” explained Dario Milo, a South Africa-based attorney who specializes in communication law and is a member of the European Union’s Expert Group on SLAPPs.

Distribution, Collaboration, and Freelancing: A GIJN Guide

From where to pitch to how to avoid being sued, and how much you should be getting paid for your work: a new, nine-part GIJN-resource covers the business side of doing investigative journalism. The guide covers a variety of subjects, aiming to help both individuals and media institutions by providing practical tips and advice.

Legal Defense

Throughout much of the world, journalists’ legal rights of expression and access to information are ever-changing — and physical harm or financial injury are too often common. So it is some comfort to know that there are organizations willing to defend those legal rights established by regional, national, and international laws. Legal aid organizations may be limited, however, serving only a specific geographic region or limited to a specific area of law. GIJN and Media Defence have put together A Journalist’s Guide to Avoiding Lawsuits and Other Legal Dangers. Below are several well-established groups that specialize in getting legal assistance for journalists, as well as other helpful resources:
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Media Defence

This global nongovernmental organization helps defend the rights of reporters across continents and across platforms — from print to broadcast and online.