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Coalition against SLAPPs in Europe (CASE)

Media Defence is a member of the Coalition Against SLAPPs in Europe (CASE). CASE is a coalition of non-governmental organisations from across Europe, working to expose SLAPPs, build resilience and advocate for law reform to prevent their use.

Featured Cases

SLAPP Lawsuit Used to Silence Reporting on Alleged Labour Rights Abuses

Media Defence is supporting Thai journalist subject to SLAPP lawsuit after reporting on alleged labour rights violations We are supporting Suchanee Cloitre, a journalist facing criminal defamation proceedings filed by Thammasakaet, a poultry company based in Thailand. In 2019, Thailand's Human Rights Commission accused the company of committing serious labour rights violations against its migrant…

Media Defence Supports Swiss Independent Media Outlet Gotham City

Gotham City is an independent media outlet based in Lausanne, specialising in reporting on international financial crime, corruption, fraud and money laundering in Switzerland and abroad. Founded in 2017, the online magazine is facing more and more legal threats as its audience grows. In 2020 Gotham City faced five lawsuits, all involving requests for ‘super…

Media Defence Supports Legal Defence of Cameroonian Journalist in Multiple Lawsuits Filed by International Timber Company

Media Defence is supporting Nestor Nga Etoga, an investigative journalist in Cameroon. An international timber company has filed multiple lawsuits against Mr Nga Etoga, after he published what he alleged was evidence of its various unlawful practices. Mr Nga Etoga, a freelance reporter, published his findings on an online news website in 2016. In response,…

World Press Freedom Day 2021: Watch Media Defence’s Webinar on SLAPPs

https://youtu.be/UZcdz7-PWiM On the 4th May 2021, Media Defence hosted a free webinar to discuss the use of abusive litigation to silence journalists around the world. The webinar featured as part of UNESCO’s World Press Freedom Day and you can watch it, in full, above. In Brazil, journalist and author João Paulo Cuenca became the defendant…

Multiple Lawsuits Filed against Polityka Journalist, Grzegorz Rzeczkowski

Media Defence is providing emergency support to Grzegorz Rzeczkowski, an investigative journalist with Poland’s prominent political weekly Polityka. Rzeczkowski is facing multiple lawsuits as a result of his reporting into the “wiretapping scandal”, which rocked Polish politics in 2014. The case typifies the legal harassment of the independent media in Poland through vexatious litigation. This…

Over 140 Lawsuits Filed against Journalist João Paulo Cuenca in Brazil

In Brazil, journalist and author JP Cuenca became the defendant in more than 140 lawsuits. These suits were filed all over the country by pastors from the Universal Church of the Kingdom of Christ, a multinational organisation with branches operating in more than a hundred countries. Mr Cuenca, at the time employed by Deutsche Welle…