MEPs call for power to tackle 'vexatious lawsuits' targeting journalists

Proposed directive would allow journalists to request the expedient dismissal of lawsuits designed to intimidate them

A group of European MEPs is seeking to turn the tables on companies that they allege are targeting investigative reporters with “abusive” lawsuits and other legal threats as a way to silence critical journalism.

Under a new proposal put forward by six MEPs, who called for the creation of a new EU directive to tackle the problem, firms involved in so-called vexatious lawsuits could face financial fines if they pursue abusive behaviour towards journalists.

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