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New threat against The Shift News in Malta highlights growing international abuse of defamation laws

NewsA new threat of possible legal action against Malta-based investigative outlet The Shift News has highlighted the growing international abuse of defamation laws to silence public interest investigative reporting. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns this latest attempt to pressure The Shift News and underscores the need to address the threats posed to journalism and broader press freedom by vexatious defamation lawsuits.On 6 March 2019, The Shift News received a letter from London law firm Simons Muirhead & Burton, on behalf of Russian banker Ruben Vardanyan, demanding the removal of…

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