Free press versus the law
Dictators, fraudsters, and politicians take note: A great way to fight the free press and stop those annoying journalists from cutting into your profits is to simply sue them. The shocking news that the court case against Rappler’s Maria Ressa in the Philippines was found guilty of libel has sent chilling reverberations around the world. Much closer to home, a “lawfare” attack on independent publication GroundUp and Raymond Joseph facing frivolous cases that, while they have little chance of success, bog the journalists and publishers down, and of course cost a lot of money. If you can, please support GroundUp here, Rappler here, or your favourite local independent news publisher.