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An Update on the Sadurski Saga

Readers might be interested in recent developments with regard to the legal proceedings brought against Prof Wojciech Sadurski in Poland, which form part of a transparent campaign at silencing dissenting voices in academia and elsewhere in Polish society, and on which Gráinne de Búrca and John Morijn wrote an excellent post on Verfassungsblog.  The short of it is that these speech-chilling trials will be taking place this month, under cover of Covid. For our previous coverage, see this extensive interview with Prof Sadurski conducted by Joseph Weiler, EJIL’s co-editor-in-chief, in December last year; for more background, see also this post by Sejal Parmar.

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Cyber Attacks and Cyber (Mis)information Operations during a Pandemic

Hot on the heels on the Oxford Statement on international law rules and principles relating to malicious cyber operations targeting healthcare facilities, just a quick teaser that the next episode of EJIL: The Podcast! will be dealing precisely…

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Viral Misinformation and the Freedom of Expression: Part III

Editors' note: this post is part of a series - see here for Part I and Part II. In my third, and final post in this series I will provide a provisional evaluation of the responses to Covid-19-related misinformation by states and online media companies and how these should be assessed within…

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Viral Misinformation and the Freedom of Expression: Part II

Editors' note: this post is part of a series - see here for Part I and Part III. We have seen in Part I how any restrictions on the freedom of expression to curb the spread of viral misinformation must be used only in compelling circumstances, when the misinformation directly caused significant social harms,…

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Viral Misinformation and the Freedom of Expression: Part I

Editors' note: this post is part of a series - see here for Part II and Part III. Over the past few weeks, at least 20 mobile phone masts were torched or otherwise vandalised in the UK at the hands of energetic members of the public. These individuals apparently believed in some variant…

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