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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

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…

Media Defence Files Second Application to European Court to Challenge SLAPP Harassment of Citizen Journalist Elena Popa

Media Defence has filed a second application to the European Court of Human Rights on behalf of citizen journalist Elena Popa. Ms Popa has been targeted in multiple lawsuits after she set up a Facebook group. The group was created in order to share information about the unlawful practices of care work recruitment agencies operating…

Media Defence Files Intervention at Warsaw Court in Defamation Case Brought by Municipality

Media Defence has filed an intervention before the Third Division of the Warsaw District Court. The case has been brought by the Podkowa Lesna municipality against an environmental organisation called the Association of Cultural and Landscape Heritage, known as “Dendropolis”. The case concerns a civil defamation lawsuit brought by the municipality. It is in response…