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South Africa: Anti-SLAPP campaign Asina Loyiko launches virtual resource hub

"New anti-SLAPP website launched by Asina Loyiko campaign," 21 October 2020

On 20 October 2020, the Asina Loyiko campaign launched its new website to serve as a resource and connection hub for activists confronted by SLAPP suits (strategic litigation against public participation) and other uses of the law to discourage and silence activism and free speech.

The collaborative Asina Loyiko: United Against Corporate Bullying* campaign, launched in 2019, is a movement of lawyers, activists and civil society organisations who have come together to fight and resist corporate bullying... Since its launch, the Asina Loyiko campaign has connected local and international actors who are defending legal action and threats, and those developing anti-SLAPP* strategies. Over time, it become evident that a local resource hub would be crucial to the success and amplification of the objectives of the campaign.

... “SLAPP suits are one end of the spectrum of intimidation and bullying of activists,” says Khaliel Moses, Asina Loyiko campaign coordinator. “In South Africa and worldwide, a growing number of environmental rights defenders are facing intimidation, silencing and violence for standing up and protecting their communities and homes from environmental destruction.”