Beyond cats and Kardashians: can journalism satisfy audiences without dumbing down? – Peter Fray

19 09 2017

As the Federal government attempts to reform Australia’s media ownership laws, evidence is emerging that journalists are moving away from the traditional watchdog role of the press towards satisfying the demands of audiences. Read the rest of this entry »

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Case Law, Australia: Wilson v Bauer Media Pty Ltd, Rebel Wilson awarded defamation damages of $4.5 million

18 09 2017

On 13 September 2017, Dixon J handed down judgment in the case of Wilson v Bauer Media Pty Ltd [2017] VSC 521.  He awarded Rebel Wilson a total of Aus$4,567,472 in defamation damages against Bauer Media Pty Ltd and Bauer Media Australia Pty Ltd (“Bauer Media”). Read the rest of this entry »





Can taking down websites really stop terrorists and hate groups? -Thomas Holt, Joshua D Freilich and Steven Chermak

17 09 2017

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In the wake of an explosion in London on September 15, President Trump called for cutting off extremists’ access to the internet. Racists and terrorists, and many other extremists, have used the internet for decades and adapted as technology evolved, shifting from text-only discussion forums to elaborate and interactive websites, custom-built secure messaging systems and even entire social media platforms. Read the rest of this entry »





Business as usual? The Court of Appeal considers the threshold for bringing a libel claim in Lachaux v Independent Print Ltd – Iain Wilson and Tom Double

16 09 2017

The long-awaited decision in Lachaux v Independent Print Ltd [2017] EWCA Civ 1334 has brought some badly-needed clarity and certainty to the law of libel, and it seems fair to say that reports of the death of the libel writ have been greatly exaggerated.  Read the rest of this entry »





News: Data Protection Bill published, the “journalistic exemption” remains

15 09 2017

The Government yesterday published the Data Protection Bill [pdf] which is intended to replace the Data Protection Act 1998 and to deal with various matters reserved to EU Member states by the General Data Protection Regulation [pdf] (“GDPR”). The GDPR itself will form part of English law under the provisions of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill [pdf]. Read the rest of this entry »





Lachaux, Seriously limiting serious harm – Nicola Cain

14 09 2017

Trumpeting the Defamation Act 2013 when it received Royal Assent, the Ministry of Justice publicised section 1(1) of the Act, which provides that “A statement is not defamatory unless its publication has caused or is likely to cause serious harm to the reputation of the claimant“, established “a requirement for companies and individuals to show serious harm to establish a claim“. The Act, according to Lord McNally, represented “the end of a long and hard fought battle to reform the libel laws in England and Wales”. Read the rest of this entry »





Judicial Appointment: Media Specialist Matthew Nicklin QC appointed to the High Court Bench

13 09 2017

It was announced yesterday that Matthew Nicklin QC, a media law specialist and Joint Head of 5RB, has been appointed as a Justice of the High Court with effect from 2 October 2017. Read the rest of this entry »