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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Paddling in the backwater: Australian courts and online defamation – Dr Matt Collins QC

27 11 2015

gazetteWhen, in 1932, a Full Court of the Victorian Supreme Court considered, for the first time, how the rules of defamation law might apply to that new-fangled technology, the radio, one of the judges bemoaned that: Read the rest of this entry »





Media Law Resource Centre, 2015 Conference, “London or Bust …” – Yvonne Kux

5 11 2015

gazetteThis year’s Media Law Resource Centre conference in London featured free speech, privacy, press regulation, tabloid journalism, drones, judges, journalists and some very fine cocktails at the House of Lords … The Gazette couldn’t resist

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