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Who is really paying for SLAPP court cases against New Media?

It takes a lot of money to pursue a court case against someone; in fact, very deep pockets are required. You have to ask how is it that a person with little wealth can spend years pursuing a New Media journalist through the court system like has been done to Rebel Media’s Ezra Levant? SLAPP?lawsuits like the one against Ezra are a front for the real intentions and motivations of those who fund them.

A strategic lawsuit against public participation (SLAPP) is a lawsuit that is intended to censor, intimidate, and silence critics by burdening them with the cost of a legal defense until they abandon their criticism or opposition.Such lawsuits have been made illegal in many jurisdictions on the grounds that they impede freedom of speech.

The typical SLAPP plaintiff does not normally expect to win the lawsuit. The plaintiff’s goals are accomplished if the defendant succumbs to fear, intimidation, mounting legal costs or simple exhaustion and abandons the criticism. In some cases, repeated frivolous litigation against a defendant may raise the cost of directors and officers liability insurance for that party, interfering with an organization’s ability to operate.A SLAPP may also intimidate others from participating in the debate. A SLAPP is often preceded by a legal threat.

There is a difficulty in that plaintiffs do not present themselves to the Court admitting that their intent is to censor, intimidate or silence their critics…

-Wiki

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Another Freedom of Speech advocate battles ongoing Lawfare

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November of 2014 Canadian blogger and journalist Ezra Levant lost a defamation lawsuit brought by the former youth president of the Canadian Islamic Congress,Khurrum Awan. The judge ruled that calling Awan an anti-Semite on his blog was defamatory.

This was very surprising as Awan used to be the youth president of the Canadian Islamic Congress when it was led by a notorious anti-Semite, Mohamed Elmasry. Elmasry declared on National Television that any adult in Israel is a legitimate target for terrorism. His group even called for the legalization of anti-Semitic terrorist groups.

Despite these facts?the judge ruled that it was defamatory for Ezra to call their former youth president anti-Semitic.

Because Awan denied it in court, and said he never knew about his organization’s infamous misconduct. The judge ruled I did not prove it was factually true.

What?s so incredible is that Awan himself testified at trial that he agreed it’s reasonable for people to call certain statements by the Canadian Islamic Congress anti-Semitic.

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Ezra felt that he had to appeal this ruling and recently he had his day in court.

You can read his lawyer?s legal brief by clicking here.

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