Media 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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Judge rules Seven’s secret Ben Roberts-Smith report will not be available at defamation trial
Network commissioned confidential report after allegations of war crimes against former SAS corporal

Ben Doherty

23, Nov, 2021 @3:58 AM

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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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Ben Roberts-Smith’s backers at Seven commissioned secret report into war crime allegations, court hears
Lawyers for newspapers being sued by the former SAS corporal say a Channel Seven assignment for Ross Coulthart was counter-investigation to Fairfax coverage

Ben Doherty

18, Oct, 2021 @6:00 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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Jermaine Jenas calls for laws to make social media firms tackle racism
Former England footballer says there is a disconnect between what police and social media firms deem abusive

Nadia Khomami

04, Oct, 2021 @5:00 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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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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Court hears Ben Roberts-Smith’s ex-wife dug up USB sticks from family backyard
The USBs containing classified information from SAS missions in Afghanistan were handed to police, the former soldier’s defamation trial has been told

Ben Doherty

13, Aug, 2021 @9:16 AM

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If the government cared about free speech, it would reform the London libel industry | Justin Borg-Barthet
Recent action against a book about Putin shows what can happen when journalism collides with the English legal system, says senior lecturer in law Justin Borg-Barthet

Justin Borg-Barthet

06, Aug, 2021 @10:59 AM

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Jamie Vardy’s phone can be searched in wife’s libel case, judge rules
Fees for ‘Wagatha Christie’ legal fight between Rebekah Vardy and Coleen Rooney to top £1m

Jim Waterson

04, Aug, 2021 @5:18 PM

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