Index on Censorship is asking UK journalists to participate in a survey into the use of ‘Slapps.’
The term – otherwise known as ‘strategic lawsuits against public participation’ – refers to the phenomenon of vexatious legal threats or similar actions against journalists.
The research project seeks to identify the scale and nature of the phenomenon against journalists in Europe including the UK.
“Vexatious actions, which may include letters threatening libel and defamation, come from private parties (often corporations or wealthy individuals) with the intent to silence journalists and media outlets and prevent them from investigating or publishing their work,” commented Index.
“In order to conduct this research, we are asking journalists and media outlets who might be able to provide insight into how common this phenomenon is, to fill out our questionnaire.
“Some interviews will also be conducted as part of the research. “
To learn more or complete the survey visit the Index website.