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US to cover costs for journalists under legal pressure

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Washington (AFP) – The United States will offer funding to help journalists overseas survive frivolous lawsuits meant to silence them, as part of a campaign to support democracy, USAID chief Samantha Power announced Thursday. Power, herself a former reporter, said President Joe Biden’s administration was setting up the “Global Defamation Defense Fund” to counter the “crude but effective tactic” increasingly used to silence journalists. “We will offer the coverage to survive defamation claims or deter autocrats and oligarchs from trying to sue them out of business in the first place,” she said …

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