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'Daphne's Law' is named in memory of murdered Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia (Photo: europarl.europa.eu)

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Sweden waters down EU press-freedom law

Press-freedom groups from Paris to New York have voiced dismay at Sweden's proposal to weaken a landmark EU law against corporate and political bullies.

EU values commissioner Věra Jourová and EU Parliament president Roberta Metsola have made big promises on protecting European journalists from malicious litigation.

Their new bill is to give judges special powers to throw out "manifestly unfounded" cases, which amounted to "strategic lawsuits against public participation [SLAPPs]...

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Andrew Rettman is EUobserver's Foreign Affairs Editor. He has been writing about foreign and security affairs for EUobserver since 2005. He is Polish but grew up in the UK. He has also written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Times of London.

'Daphne's Law' is named in memory of murdered Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia (Photo: europarl.europa.eu)

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Andrew Rettman is EUobserver's Foreign Affairs Editor. He has been writing about foreign and security affairs for EUobserver since 2005. He is Polish but grew up in the UK. He has also written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Times of London.

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