Australia: Is liking something on Facebook ‘protected political speech’? It depends – Melissa Castan

19 08 2017

File 20170814 28472 1ttey05Australians are often surprised to learn that their Constitution contains no right to free speech. Even the right to political speech, which is constitutionally implied, is increasingly complicated by new online platforms where people can express their views. Read the rest of this entry »





Australia: High Court grants permission to appeal in Google libel case

1 07 2017

Interesting times ahead for the law and the internet as High Court of Australia grants special leave to the Melbourne man who successfully sued Google and Yahoo! … Issues of publication and defamatory meaning to be determined.

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Case Law, Australia: Milne v Ell, Tweed Shire Mayor gets revenge threefold – Justin Castelan

21 06 2017

Property developer, William Robert Ell sued Tweed Shire Councillor, Katie Milne in defamation in 2014. He sued over a letter to the editor which Ms Milne had written about a contentious building development conducted by Mr Ell. While Mr Ell did not attend the trial, he won the case and was awarded damages of $15,000 plus costs. The decision was handed down on 7 March 2014. Read the rest of this entry »





The year in Australian media law – Peter Bartlett and Sam White

17 06 2017

Defamation law in urgent need of reform, mainstream media actions on the up, social media actions become a trend, suppression orders continue unabated, journalist shield laws appear to be working … Media lawyers Peter Bartlett and Sam White look at the past year Read the rest of this entry »





Australia: what is public interest journalism? – Andrea Carson

15 06 2017

Public interest journalism could be considered the antithesis of media’s darker side, which includes fake news, propaganda, censorship and voyeurism. The outcomes of public interest reporting can expose corruption, launch royal commissions, remove improper politicians from office, and jail wrongdoers. Read the rest of this entry »





Four ways social media companies and security agencies can tackle terrorism – Robyn Torok

10 06 2017

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has joined Theresa May in calling on social media companies to crack down on extremist material being published by users. It comes in the wake of the recent terror attacks in Australia and Britain. Read the rest of this entry »





Australia: We should levy Facebook and Google to fund journalism, here’s how – Ben Eltham

20 05 2017

There was a fascinating moment towards the end of Wednesday’s hearings of the Senate Inquiry into the Future of Public Interest Journalism. The Conversation Read the rest of this entry »