JFJ and FPC Anti-SLAPP Conference

Anti-SLAPP Conference
Countering Legal Threats to Media Freedom

Organised by the Justice for Journalists Foundation and the Foreign Policy Centre
Monday 22nd November – Tuesday 23rd November, London and Online

The Justice for Journalists Foundation (JFJ) and the Foreign Policy Centre (FPC) are delighted to invite you to the first UK anti-SLAPP conference to be held on Monday 22nd November and Tuesday 23rd November 2021

Journalists around the world are facing a significant, yet often hidden, challenge to their role as public watchdogs. The use of vexatious legal threats, often referred to as Strategic Lawsuits against Public Participation (SLAPP), have proliferated globally in recent years. They are brought by the powerful and wealthy, eager to avoid scrutiny, to intimidate journalists into either not publishing or removing information from the public domain.

This two-day conference will bring together experts from across the globe to delve into this topic and examine the impact it has on journalists, media freedom and wider society. It will also specifically look at the dual role the UK plays both as a promotor of media freedom through its Global Campaign and as a leading international source of vexatious threats against journalists (as underscored by the findings of FPC’s 2020 Unsafe for Scrutiny survey).

The conference will take place in a hybrid format, accessible both online (through Zoom) and in-person, in London. To register to attend please sign up through Eventbrite. Space to attend in person will be limited, so please write to to apply.

To register an interest to visit the conference as press and/or request an interview with the conference organisers or speakers please email .

More information about the conference, including the programme and speakers, is available here.

This conference will be held in English, without translation.