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Why defamation suits in Australia are so ubiquitous, and difficult to defend for media organisations – Brendan Clift

Attorney-General Christian Porter is suing the ABC for defamation and claiming aggravated damages. Porter is claiming that an article published last month included false allegations against him in relation to a historical rape. A statement from his lawyer says although Porter was not named, the article made allegations against a senior cabinet minister “and the attorney-general was easily identifiable to many Australians”. Continue reading

Australia: Chau Chak Wing’s $590,000 defamation win shows investigative journalism is risky business – Michael Douglas

What are the biggest domestic news stories you remember from the last few years?  Apart from all the natural disasters, I think of stories about George Pell, the coverage that led to the Banking Royal Commission, the SAS in Afghanistan and because I am a law nerd, the reporting on former High Court Justice Dyson Heydon. Continue reading

The old news business model is broken: making Google and Facebook pay won’t save journalism – Amanda Lotz

The Australian federal government is talking tough about making Google and Facebook pay Australian news businesses for linking to, or featuring, these publishers’ content. The digital platforms have been talking equally tough. Facebook is threatening to remove Australian news stories and Google says it will shut off search to Australia if the government pushes ahead with its “mandatory bargaining code”. Continue reading

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