Protecting Kentuckians' Right to Public Expression
Many consider freedom of speech to be the backbone of American society and our form of government. The ability to speak up and speak out on any issue has been a staple of our democratic system. Unfortunately, strategic lawsuits against public participation, or SLAPP, threaten this critically important right. SLAPP lawsuits aim to suppress and chill speech through intimidation and the financial burdens of litigation. Those who wish to bring awareness to wrongdoing by governments or private actors may face an uphill legal battle that makes a mockery of our justice system.
In order to right this wrong and maintain the legitimacy of our justice system, states must implement anti-SLAPP protections. These protections allow judges to throw out any cases that are frivolous and seek to chill free expression but not those that seek actual justice.
On today's Pegasus Podcast, Kentucky State Rep. Nima Kulkarni joins us to discuss her legislation to protect Kentuckians right to free speech by limiting SLAPP lawsuits. Check out our conversation and learn more about how we can protect free expression in our Commonwealth.
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