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New European Directive on Trade Secrets threat for investigative journalism?

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New European Directive on Trade Secrets threat for investigative journalism?

Commentators fear that the new legislation will actively harm whistleblowers and investigative journalists.
 
The EU Parliament specifically addressed these concerns explaining that the right to redress in case of theft or misuse of trade secrets will be denied in situations where the disclosure fulfilled purposes such as the exercise of "the right to freedom of expression and information" or the revelation of "misconduct, wrongdoing or illegal activity, provided that the respondent acted in order to protect the general public interest”.
 
Following the approval at the EU Parliament, the bill now needs to be passed into law by national parliaments across the 28 nations of the EU.
 

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Elena Perotti

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2016-04-15 12:09

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