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#Smear Campaign

#Smear Campaign

Human rights defenders are often victims of stigmatisation and smear campaigns. These are aimed at attacking their reputation, credibility and support within the community. Labelling HRDs as traitors, terrorists, foreign agents or accusing them of being violent extremists serves to diminish support for their work. State-run media are often used as platforms to stigmatise HRDs and, in some countries, HRDs are attacked by the highest political authorities. Smear campaigns often precede judicial harassment.