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 »





Case Report, Australia: Chel v Fairfax Media, Jury rejects contextual truth defence – Yvonne Kux

12 03 2017

A NSW Supreme Court jury rejects Fairfax Media’s contextual truth defence after Justice Robert Beech-Jones allows the defendant to “plead back” two imputations the jury found to be true … Damages hearing to follow. Read the rest of this entry »





Australia: lnternet publication, liability and context – Dr David Rolph

4 02 2017

gazetteThe recent Victorian Court of Appeal judgment involving Google illustrates the complexity inherent in applying defamation law to internet publication … Sydney media law academic Dr David Rolph explains why context is paramount.

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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 »





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 »





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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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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