Case Law, Australia: Heather Reid v Stan Dukic, $180,000 damages for nine Facebook posts – Yvonne Kux

7 12 2016

gazetteIn the case of Reid v Dukic [2016] ACTSC 344, a man who posted a series of Facebook posts defaming the chief executive of a Canberra football organisation has been ordered to pay her damages of $180,000. Read the rest of this entry »





Australia: The trouble with section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 and free speech – David Rolph

11 11 2016

gazetteThe long-awaited decision in Cynthia Prior v Queensland University of Technology (No 2) was handed down last Friday. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Australia: Douglas v McLernon, A new damages benchmark for Western Australia – Jonelle Di Lena

6 11 2016

gazetteIn the case of Douglas v McLernon ([2016] WASC 320), the Supreme Court of Western Australia awarded its highest level of general damages to date and has granted a permanent injunction as a result of the “brazen content” of a series of defamatory online publications. Read the rest of this entry »





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 »