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 and in-person, in London. To register to attend, and get updates on speakers and sessions, please sign up here. Space to attend in person will be limited, so please write to email@example.com to apply.
This conference will be held in English, without translation.