Cascade of Frivolous Lawsuits Endangers Top Serbian Investigative Journalism Outlet KRIK

Three frivolous lawsuits known as SLAPPS have been filed in the past month against OCCRP’s Serbian member center KRIK, making a total of 10 legal actions currently facing the Belgrade-based investigative media outlet. These SLAPPS, short for “strategic lawsuits against public participation,” which are brought against journalists in order to silence them, appear to be part of a coordinated campaign by political powers to weaken KRIK and further quash independent media in the country.

KRIK-Team-photo-by-Oliver-BunicThe team of journalists at KRIK. Credit: Oliver Bunic (NIN)

OCCRP Expands Geographic Reach By Hiring Kevin G. Hall as First North America Editor

OCCRP is expanding editorial operations into the U.S. and Canada and has named award-winning investigative journalist Kevin G. Hall as its first North America editor. Hall will be based in Washington, D.C., and will lead OCCRP investigations in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. He will also work with more than 40 editors around the world on cross-border investigations and build collaborations and partnerships with key North American media outlets.

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