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New Zealand: The Blogger and the Journalist, “Whale Oil” in the Courts – Steven Price

newlogoThe Whale certainly created a splash in the last New Zealand election. More accurately, it was investigative journalist Nicky Hager and his book Dirty Politics that created the splash. The Whale – controversial right-wing blogger Cameron Slater and his Whale Oil blog, whose emails were leaked to Mr Hager – copped most of the spray. (I should disclose that I act for Nicky Hager). Continue reading

Case Law, New Zealand: Murray v Wishart, Web hosts’ defamation liability restricted – Steven Price

FacebookIn the significant New Zealand Court of Appeal decision in Murray v Wishart ([2014] NZCA 461) the judges unanimously ruled that a third party publisher (the owner of a Facebook page that contained comments by others) was not liable for other people’s comments simply because he “ought to have known” that they contain defamatory material (even if he didn’t actually know of the content of the comments). Continue reading

How to avoid defamation – Steven Price

gazetteBeware the defamation minefield … New Zealand barrister Steven Price has a 12-point checklist that’s especially useful for the unwary

How do you avoid being sued for defamation? That’s easy. Don’t ever say anything interesting. If you do want to say something that might reflect negatively on someone else, there is always a chance that they will sue you for defamation. Continue reading

Defamation and Satire – Steven Price

Colin CraigMemo to anyone thinking of suing or threatening someone else for defamation after that person made fun of them. Don’t.

It’s not that the law clearly protects humorous speech and satire. That question is a bit vexed. It’s defamatory to say something that brings another person into ridicule. So it looks like that is fairly easily satisfied. Actually, those looks are deceptive. Continue reading

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