A report on strategic lawsuits against public participation (SLAPPs) by the Foreign Policy Centre examines the issue of legal intimidation and legal actions initiated in the UK against journalists and media outlets with the purpose, or effect, of stifling scrutiny and debate on matters of public interest.

Concern has been growing globally regarding this phenomenon. However, it is the UK, and more specifically London, that has been identified as a leading jurisdiction for domestic and trans-national SLAPP cases against media.

The Government seeks to set out measures including a possible cap on recoverable costs amid mounting concern about the apparent use of defamation and privacy laws by wealthy individuals and businesses hinting at measures to bolster the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and look again at the regulation of lawyers working in this field.

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