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29 Jun 2016

Katie Redford, The Huffington Post

The New Corporate Playbook, Or What To Do When Environmentalists Stand In Your Way

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It’s no secret that people who speak out to defend the environment do so at great risk.When egregious murders...occur, as in the March assassination of...Berta Cáceres in Honduras, we react with outrage and we demand accountability...

In the U.S. the insidious effort to target earth rights defenders has been more subtle, but the goal is the same: silence the environmentalists, and let the profit continue...Companies...are counter-attacking, mounting a sophisticated and well-funded campaign to target, sue, surveil, and harass the activists, lawyers, and NGOs that expose their harms.

Here is what we see: retaliatory litigation[;]...attacks on funding sources, partners and clients[;]...corporate espionage and surveillance[;]...using Congress and the media to do their dirty work.