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Formal meeting (oral evidence session): Lawfare and free speech

Communications and Digital Committee
Lawfare and free speech

Thursday 31 March 2022

Start times: 11.15am (private) 11.30am (public)

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Lords Committee explores the impact of SLAPP cases on investigative journalism and publishing

The Communications and Digital Committee takes evidence in one-off evidence sessions from journalists, lawyers and publishers on the impact of SLAPPs (Strategic Litigation Against Public Participation) or ‘lawfare’.

Meeting details

At 11.30am: Oral evidence
Work Lawfare and free speech (Non-inquiry session)
Editor at Sarawak Report
Finance Editor at Bureau of Investigative Journalism
Project Director at Foreign Policy Centre
At 12.15pm: Oral evidence
Work Lawfare and free speech (Non-inquiry session)
Partner at Wiggin LLP
Legal Counsel, Campaigns and Action at Greenpeace International
Director of Editorial Legal Services at Guardian News & Media
Legal Director at HarperCollins Publishers

Possible questions

Possible questions and areas for discussion with witnesses include:

  • How do SLAPPs work, and how do they differ from more legitimate forms of litigation?
  • How extensive is the concern about SLAPPs and self-censorship across journalism and the UK publishing industry?
  • There is an important balance to be struck between protecting free speech on the one hand, and the rights on individuals to access justice on the other. Where should we draw the line?

Further information


Room 4A, Palace of Westminster

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