Government announces proposals to protect free speech

17/03/2022 | UK Government

The Government has announced new plans to prevent what it calls the abuse of UK British courts to protect free speech. Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab has set out proposals to curtail Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPPs). In a statement, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: "The ability of a free press to hold the powerful to account is fundamental to our democracy and as a former journalist I am determined we must never allow criticism to be silenced. For the oligarchs and super-rich who can afford these sky-high costs the threat of legal action has become a new kind of lawfare. We must put a stop to its chilling effect."

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