Defamation law

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What are the Coalition’s proposed anti-troll social media laws and who do they benefit?
The proposed bill frees media companies from responsibility but could also help the operators of community Facebook pages

Paul Karp and Josh Taylor

01, Dec, 2021 @8:13 AM

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Bullies rely on power to protect them, not online anonymity | Yassmin Abdel-Magied
I’ve had more death threats than flat whites. But almost everyone who abused me did so using their real names

Yassmin Abdel-Magied

01, Dec, 2021 @6:30 AM

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Roman Abramovich wins first round of libel battle over Putin’s People book
UK judge rules some passages convey a defamatory meaning, including claim Putin told him to buy Chelsea

Luke Harding

24, Nov, 2021 @6:17 PM

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Man wrongly identified as Cleo Smith accused sues Network Seven for defamation
Terrance Flowers was incorrectly identified by news organisation after Terence Kelly was arrested by WA police in early November

Michael McGowan

16, Nov, 2021 @9:04 AM

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Italian prosecutor’s claims against Guardian reporter flagged by human rights watchdog
Calogero Ferrara’s libel suits against Lorenzo Tondo marked as potential intimidation on Council of Europe ‘safety platform’

Daniel Boffey in Brussels

05, Nov, 2021 @1:49 PM

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Labor rejects Peter Dutton’s bid for taxpayers to fund politicians’ defamation cases
Dutton says public funding a ‘workplace entitlement’ amid continuing debate over identities of Christian Porter’s anonymous donors

Paul Karp

22, Oct, 2021 @5:58 AM

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Peter Dutton tells defamation trial ‘rape apologist’ tweet by activist was ‘deeply offensive’
Refugee activist Shane Bazzi’s legal team told the hearing a reasonable reader ‘would not understand’ the tweet to mean Dutton was condoning or excusing rape

Paul Karp

06, Oct, 2021 @3:18 AM

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Phoebe Bridgers sued for defamation by music producer Chris Nelson
Nelson is seeking legal redress against the songwriter, claiming she made false online statements connecting him with predatory behaviour

Laura Snapes

30, Sep, 2021 @10:59 AM

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More public figures expected to turn off Facebook comments after Australian defamation ruling
Other politicians and high-profile people likely considering following Tasmanian premier in switching off comments, defamation law professor says

Josh Taylor

27, Sep, 2021 @9:49 AM

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Peter Dutton to seek aggravated damages in defamation claim against Shane Bazzi
Amended claim cites recent tweets suggesting ‘wealthy and powerful cabinet minister’ should focus on defence portfolio

Paul Karp

24, Sep, 2021 @5:58 AM

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Christian Porter reveals part of legal fees paid by blind trust with funds from unknown source
Former attorney general claims he has ‘no access to information about the conduct and funding of the trust’

Paul Karp

14, Sep, 2021 @3:44 AM

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High court rules Australian media companies can be liable for defamatory comments posted on Facebook pages
Decision rejecting appeal in Voller defamation case means companies will be likely to ban comments on more social media posts

Paul Karp

08, Sep, 2021 @3:33 AM

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