Anyone interested in freedom of speech should keep their eyes on the Western Cape High Court after a hearing that has potentially significant implications for freedom of expression and corporate accountability in SA.

Judge Patricia Goliath has reserved judgment in a case in which Australian mining company Mineral Sands Resources (MSR) is pursuing three R12.5m defamation cases against six individuals, seemingly for the sole purpose of intimidating them into silence. For the first time in an SA court the issue of strategic litigation against public participation (Slapp) will be aired...

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