Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPPs)

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Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPPs) are increasing across Europe, abusing laws to silence journalists and other public watchdogs, threatening free speech and your right to know.
Read The Coalition Against SLAPPs in Europe (CASE)’s latest report on over 500 SLAPP cases from 29 countries across Europe.

Since 2019 CASE has been working with Amsterdam Law Clinics, part of the Law Faculty at the University of Amsterdam (UvA), to catalogue and analyse SLAPP cases from across Europe. Thanks to input from organisations across the CASE coalition, we have collected together 570 cases over a 10 year period. On the basis of this data, we have identified a number of clear trends. In particular, we have found that the number of SLAPP cases across Europe has been increasing year on year, with the highest number recorded in 2020, followed by 2021 and 2019:

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Russia attacks Ukraine from air and Belarus as defiant Putin warns U.S., NATO Ukraine declares martial law Biden vows “further consequences,” more sanctions expected
BREAKING: Russia’s military says it has knocked out Ukraine’s air defense assets and airbases. No confirmation from Kyiv yet. Explosions were heard before dawn in Kyiv, Kharkiv and Odesa as Moscow launched its anticipated attack on its neighbor.
Russia Ukraine update: EU assessing the ‘strongest, harshest package’ of sanctions it has ever considered. Brent crude tops $100 per barrel after President Vladimir Putin launches Russia’s long-anticipated attack on Ukraine.
BREAKING: Security camera footage shows Russian military vehicles crossing into Ukraine from Russian-annexed Crimea.
BREAKING: Ukrainian president urges world leaders to provide defense assistance, help protect Ukraine’s airspace from Russia.
VIDEO: Air raid sirens ring out in Ukraine’s capital, Kyiv, following Russia’s attack on the country.
BREAKING: Ukraine’s President Zelenskyy says the country has cut diplomatic ties with Russia after its attack.
VIDEO: Russian troops launched a broad attack on Ukraine, as President Putin cast aside global condemnation and warned other countries that any attempt to interfere would lead to “consequences you have never seen.” 
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The relative peace has had enormous benefits. Living standards have surged, with people living longer, healthier and more comfortable lives on average than their ancestors. In recent decades, the largest gains have come in lower-income countries. The decline in warfare has played a central role: By the start of this century, the rate at which people were dying in armed conflicts had fallen to the lowest level in recorded history, as Joshua Goldstein, Steven Pinker and other scholars have noted.

A Russian invasion of Ukraine would look like the kind of war that has been largely absent in the past 80 years and that was once common. It would involve a powerful nation setting out to expand its regional dominance by taking over a neighbor. A war like this — a voluntary war of aggression — would be a sign that Putin believed that Pax Americana was over and that the U.S., the European Union and their allies had become too weak to exact painful consequences.

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