Case Law, Australia: O’Reilly v Edgar, Fact free Facebook Posts, $250,000 damages – Gabrielle Hunter

24 03 2019

In the case of O’Reilly v Edgar ([2019] QSC 24) the Supreme Court of Queensland awarded Kelvin O’Reilly, the CEO of a go-kart racing organisation, $270 658.71 in damages, including aggravated damages, for defamatory posts by a Facebook troll. Read the rest of this entry »





Media companies on notice over traumatised journalists after landmark court decision – Matthew Ricketson

12 03 2019

A landmark ruling by an Australian court is expected to have international consequences for newsrooms, with media companies on notice they face large compensation claims if they fail to take care of journalists who regularly cover traumatic events. Read the rest of this entry »





Defamation Reform in Australia: Rearranging the deckchairs – Judith Gibson

7 03 2019

The Council of Attorneys General Review of Model Defamation Discussion Paper was released on 25 February 2019. The Discussion Paper sets out a list of 18 questions, as a guide to the areas of interest to be discussed, and invites submissions, which are due by April 30, 2019. Read the rest of this entry »





Defamation Reform in Australia: Round One, Lots to discuss – Janek Drevikovsky

2 03 2019

On 26 February 2019 the Council of Attorneys General released a discussion paper on Australia’s defamation laws, part of the process of reforming the uniform national scheme. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Australia: Cummings v Fairfax, Horse trainer’s claims scratched – Justin Castelan

27 02 2019

Anthony Cummings and his company, Anthony Cummings Thoroughbreds Pty Ltd, train horses. They sued Fairfax Digital, The Age, Fairfax Media and a journalist, Kate Leahy, in respect of 3 articles published online on 25 February 2010 and a poster advertising a front-page article published in the Sydney Morning Herald, also on that day. Read the rest of this entry »





Free press backwater: how to change the defamation laws that stifle Australian journalism – Richard Ackland

5 01 2019

Geoffrey Rush would have zero chance of securing a successful libel verdict if he sued in the United States over the “inappropriate behaviour” story. The same would apply to the cricketer Chris Gayle and the actor Craig McLachlan. Read the rest of this entry »





Your right to know: how Australia’s defamation law stifles public-interest journalism – Richard Ackland

2 01 2019

Charles Blondin (aka Jean François Gravelet) was a tightrope acrobat who reached peak fame when he successfully walked on a rope strung across Niagara gorge in 1859. The nerve-wracking trip was 340 metres long and the rope was set 49 metres above the waters below. Read the rest of this entry »