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18 Nov 2022

Adrian Mogos, BIRN

Romania: EU's anti-SLAPP directive raises hopes for investigative journalists, yet its implementation is uncertain

Romania’s Hard-Pressed Journalists Await EU Rescue From SLAPPs, 18 November 2022

...Weaponizing the law against journalists is not new but recently the issue became international. Maltese investigative reporter Daphne Caruana Galizia, who was killed in a car bomb, at the time of her death faced almost dozens of lawsuits in the US, UK and Europe. Her murder drew attention to the SLAPP issue. According to a 2022 report by CASE, the Coalition against SLAPPs in Europe, SLAPPs sky-rocketed in numbers in the last ten years.

Revelations of dirty business in football brought great financial problems to the Romanian Center for Investigative Journalism, RCIJ, a well-known association of investigative journalists in Romania...