Australia: Social media and defamation law pose threats to free speech, and it’s time for reform – David Rolph

17 09 2016

image-20160912-3768-2lgflkRecent discussion about freedom of speech in Australia has focused almost exclusively on Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act. For some politicians and commentators, 18C is the greatest challenge to freedom of speech in Australia and the reform or repeal of this section will reinstate freedom of speech. Read the rest of this entry »

Gazette of Law and Journalism Interview: Tom Blackburn SC

3 09 2016

gazetteAs one of Australia’s leading defamation silks, Tom Blackburn SC has acted for a range of mass media clients, and the occasional plaintiff … He’s leaving the jurisdiction for the big libel smoke of London, and agreed to share his thoughts on privacy, defamation, section 18C and more

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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 »