Bill To Counter Lawsuits vs. Journalists Introduced
Posted: 8/18/2012 | By: David L. Hudson Jr. | First Amendment Center
A bill introduced Aug. 2 in the U.S. Senate would enable news media to counter SLAPP suits filed to suppress their reporting.
Sen. Jon Kyl, R–Ariz., introduced the Free Press Act of 2012 (S.B. 3493),
a measure designed to protect the First Amendment rights of journalists
and Internet service providers by giving them a mechanism to combat
“Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation,” or SLAPPs.