Australia: When punitive media intrude on the courts’ role, can justice be served? – David Brown

20 08 2016

“In my opinion the publication of these egregious articles warrants the imposition of a sentence that takes account of Ms Wran’s continuing exposure to risk of custodial retribution, the unavoidable spectre of enduring damage to her reputation and an impeded recovery from her ongoing mental health and drug-related problems”. Read the rest of this entry »





Global journalism needs global ethics – Christopher Kremmer

13 08 2016

image-20160725-31202-v1xb03There’s an old saying in journalism: “All news is local”. It means that news, wherever it comes from, needs to engage the interest of its local audience if it is to succeed. But read today’s paper, or turn to the nightly television news broadcast, or just check your phone right now, and it’s clear that things have changed. All news now has the potential to reach a global audience. Read the rest of this entry »





Gazette of Law and Journalism Interview: Matt Collins QC

8 07 2016

gazetteTeaching academic, author of acclaimed defamation law textbooks, leading media law barrister in Australia and the UK, Dr Matt Collins QC packs a lot into his day … He agreed to spare some of his time to discuss defamation, privacy, celebrity, journalists’ sources, and free speech, just for starters

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Australia: Publication in an internet context – Graham Hryce

23 06 2016

gazetteThe Western Australia Court of Appeal has recently handed down an interesting decision on the meaning of “publication” in the context of defamatory material posted on the internet. The case is Sims v Jooste (No 2). Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Australia: Hardie v Herald and Weekly Times, Strip club owner is no brothel madam – Justin Castelan

2 06 2016

Club-RawhideIn the case of Hardie v Herald  and Weekly Times ([2016]  VSCA 103), the plaintiff, Ms Raelene Hardie, was a part owner and manager of a strip club in rural Victoria called “Club Rawhide”. On 16 May 2013, the Herald Sun ran an article written by Andrew Rule, a journalist, on its front page and on page 4. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Australia: Dods v McDonald, Barrister’s Internet Defamation, he fought the law and the law won – Justin Castelan

22 05 2016

DodsDuring the evening of 11 December 2008, Tyler Cassidy, a 15 year old boy had stolen two large knives from Kmart at Northcote Plaza Shopping Centre, near All Nations Park. He moved through the shopping centre, its shops and car park, threating people with the knives and demanding that the police be called. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Australia: Dank v Nationwide News Pty Ltd: Twenty days in Stephen Dank’s defamation trial but Zero Damages – Justin Castelan

5 04 2016

DankSince 2013, the Australian sporting landscape has been dominated, not by any particularly amazing footballer, cricketer or athlete. No, it has been dominated by Stephen Dank – “sports scientist”. He is the man responsible for bringing into the Australian consciousness a range of strange sounding peptides, unknown Mexican amino acids and apparently useful horse supplements. He also brought them into the bloodstreams of elite sportsmen across different footballing codes in different states and for different teams. Read the rest of this entry »








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