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Trial reports    February 23, 2017   thumbnail
Lili Chel v Fairfax Media & Vanda Carson

Fair report defence rejected by NSW Supreme Court jury in mixed result for Fairfax and the former owner of a Kings Cross nightclub … Jury still to decide the contextual truth defence ... more

Injunctions    February 21, 2017  
Seven Network (Operations) Limited & Anor v Amber Harrison

Seven West Media succeeds in continuing wide-ranging gag order against Amber Harrison, the former lover of the media company’s chief executive … Media gets access to documents from both sides, including sensational emails from Harrison ... more

Appeals    February 21, 2017   thumbnail
Yosef Feldman v Vic Alhadeff

Sydney rabbi loses appeal over the dismissal of another of his defamation claims – this one against the chief executive officer of the Jewish Board of Deputies … Naaman Zhou reports ... more

Appeals    February 21, 2017  
Madura Perera v Genworth Financial Mortgage Insurance Pty Ltd

A Sydney property valuer wins appeal over the striking out of his defamation claim … His clumsily pleaded claim in respect of identification and defamatory meanings could be “easily remedied” ... Naaman Zhou reports ... more

Contempt    February 20, 2017   thumbnail
DPP v Krystal Johnson & Yahoo!7 Pty Ltd (No 2)

A Victorian Supreme Court judge has sent a message to media companies that deadline pressures are no excuse for publishing news without proper checking and editorial controls …Yahoo!7 fined $300,000 for sub judice contempt, but journalist gets a good behavior bond ... Daniel Ahern reports ... more

Contempt    February 20, 2017  
DPP v Krystal Johnson & Yahoo!7 Pty Ltd

Yahoo!7 and journalist who cut and pasted material for a news story involving evidence not before the jury in a murder trial found guilty of contempt … The “golden rule” of court reporting was ignored in favour of “commercial objectives” ... Daniel Ahern reports ... more

Injunctions    February 16, 2017   thumbnail
Seven Network (Operations) Limited & Anor v Amber Harrison

NSW Supreme Court grants wide-ranging interim injunction … Latest developments in the war between ex-mistress of Seven West Media chief executive Tim Worner and Seven’s lawyers … Injunctive orders and warning letter to the media – in full ... more

Trial reports    February 15, 2017  
Lili Chel v Fairfax Media & Vanda Carson

Former and current police officers give evidence that “outlaw motorcycle gang” members frequented Lili Chel’s infamous Kings Cross nightclub, The Rouge … Another man graphically describes being “glassed” there … NSW Supreme Court jury to decide if a Sun-Herald court report was fair and true ... more

Seminars, interviews & commentary    February 15, 2017  
UKIP MEP to pay 162,000 damages to three MPs over child abuse scandal remarks

UKIP member of the European Parliament to pay £162,000 damages to three Labour MPs over libelous comments she made at a party conference … Britain’s High Court rejects the defendant’s argument that her remarks were “political speech” ... The Press Association’s Jan Colley reports ... more

Trial reports    February 13, 2017   thumbnail
Lili Chel v Fairfax Media & Vanda Carson

The defamation trial brought against Fairfax by a former Kings Cross nightclub owner gets stranger … A policeman claims his drink was spiked at her premises and one of her character witnesses turns out to be a one-time member of the National Socialist Party of Australia … Naaman Zhou reports ... more

Interlocutory    February 10, 2017  
Denis Wagner & Ors v Harbour Radio Pty Ltd & Ors

QLD Supreme Court makes several important rulings in the defamation case brought by Toowoomba businessmen the Wagners against 2GB, Alan Jones, 4BC and journalist Nick Cater … Truth defence to counter the findings of two commissions of inquiry “fundamentally defective” ... more

Seminars, interviews & commentary    February 9, 2017   thumbnail
The future of news: Journalism in a post-truth era

Harvard University recently hosted a discussion on journalism and truth in the era of Trump … Luminaries from the print and online worlds offered no immediate solutions to the problems of “post-truth”, according to Hannah Ryan, who was there ... more

Suppression    February 8, 2017  
Suppression city

The same old non-publication order regime emerges early in 2017 … Media succeeds in revoking one set of orders involving the trial on murder charges of Sydney property developer Ron Medich … Otherwise, open justice is closed for business ... more

Trial reports    February 7, 2017   thumbnail
Lili Chel v Fairfax Media & Vanda Carson

Second trial of former Kings Cross nightclub owner’s action against Fairfax Media gets off to a sleazy start … NSW Supreme Court jury watches an hour of porn in the interests of truth, contextual truth and fair report … The plaintiff explains her definition of “onstage sex” ... more

Media Matters    February 2, 2017  
Trump's America: the land of the not-so-free press

In an America where President Trump continues to hold the media in contempt and reporters are arrested and charged, where is the First Amendment? Sussex University journalism academic Ivor Gaber looks at what’s behind the parlous state of politico-press relations – and what’s at stake ... more

Seminars, interviews & commentary    January 31, 2017   thumbnail
lnternet publication, liability and context

The 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 ... more

Injunctions    January 30, 2017  
Jane Doe 1 and Jane Doe 2 v Shane Dowling (No 2)

Late 2016 saw a mixed result for those seeking to suppress publication … Two women a notorious blogger accused of having sex with Seven West Media boss Tim Worner succeeded … Not so former NSW deputy police commissioner Nick Kaldas, who lost his bid to injunct an ombudsman’s report into police bugging operations ... more

Injunctions    January 27, 2017   thumbnail
Roadshow Films Pty Ltd v Telstra Corporation Ltd

Federal Court of Australia orders internet providers to block access to torrenting and movie streaming sites … They are in breach of a new provision in the Copyright Act 1968 ... Naaman Zhou reports a decision which also let VPNs off the hook ... more

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