This is the fourteenth instalment in a regular series from Inforrm highlighting press and case reports of new media and information cases from around the world.  It is intended to complement our United States: Monthly Round Up posts.  Please let us know if there are other cases and jurisdictions which we should be covering.

In the Media


Australia has passed the News Media Bargaining Code and act which drew scrutiny from CNBC, Lawyer Monthly and Reuters. The News Media Alliance made a statement in the wake of the confirmation of the Code. It was noted that “We look forward to seeing progress in the U.S. on similar legislation that would allow news publishers to collectively negotiate with the tech platforms for fair compensation for their content.” The BBC has an explainer and covers recent developments. See the final form of the Code here the ACCC website has more detail.

In the wake of the implementation of the Code News Corp has entered into a three year deal with Facebook for news content- the Financial Times explores the terms and implications of the deal.

The Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance has announced that it may leave the Australian Press Council, the Guardian reports.


Exchange Wire covers Canada’s own plans to implement a News Media Code following Australia’s example. Steven Guilbeault, Canadian Heritage Minister, will be responsible for shaping the Bill. Reuters has further commentary after the statement made last Thursday.

The Canadian governments plans to introduce legislation to regulate social media companies focusing on online hate and harassment, Global Compliance News reports.


Sweden and Denmark are preparing Australian-style laws in the wake of the passage of the Code, the Nation reports.

Hong Kong

China is allegedly pressuring Jack Ma’s Alibaba Group Holding Ltd to sell the South China Morning Post. The news stokes growing concerns around Chinese influence on Hong Kong media outlets. The Wall Street Journal [£] reports.

The recent restructuring of RTHK, the Hong Kong public broadcaster, has give rise to fears of tightening media controls, the Financial Times reports [£].


The Guardian covers recent developments in India’s digital media laws, reviewing the development of social media platforms regulation and highlighting comments that new digital laws were “palpably illegal”. The Financial Times [£] also has coverage of India’s new “sweeping social media rules”. The International Policy Digest breaksdown India’s Platform and Media Ethics Code.


Japan’s Government has announced it would investigate messaging app the Line after reports that it let Chinese engineers access Japanese user data, Reuters reports.


Nicola Murray, Deputy Head of the Delegation to the OSCE raised concerns about Russia’s treatment of journalists and independent media in a recent statement at the OSCE Permanent Council.

South Africa

The Conversation has a piece on the trust in media through the country arguing that “a rethink of journalism is needed”.

In the Courts


Leyonhjelm v Hanson-Young [2021] FCAFC 22 – a case considering matters of Parliamentary privilege and qualified privilege.

Hutley v Cosco [2021] NSWCA 17 and The Sydney Morning Herald had a piece “Court overturns $360,000 defamation win in Balmain neighbours’ feud”.


AA v BB 2021 ONCA 147  the Court of Appeal allowed the plaintiff’s appeal against the dismissal of a slander claim.  The parties were anonymised to avoid the identification of their children.

Huff v Zuk2021 ABCA 60 the Court of Appeal of Alberta dismissed the defendant’s appeal against an award of $50,000 defamation damages.


Krishna v Sung Rea Kim [2021] FJHC 158– a case concerning an alleged defamatory letter. The letters contents was found to be fair comment.

 Prasad v Singh [2021] FJHC 144– A case concerning an allegedly defamatory statement on Facebook. Damages was awarded to the plaintiff in the sum of $30,000.

Sayed-Khaiyum v Tikoca [2021] FJHC 119– the defendant allegedly slandered the plaintiff on Sydney Community Radio. Defendant was ordered to pay the plaintiff $80,000 in compensatory and punitive damages.

 This Round up was complied by Suneet Sharma a junior legal professional with a particular interest and experience in media, information and privacy law.