Australia: Media companies can now be held responsible for your dodgy comments – Michael Douglas

3 06 2020

Part of growing up is learning to take responsibility for the hurtful things you say. As a person who often says stupid things, I often need reminding. Defamation law reflects that lesson. When you say something that hurts another person, it can cost you. Read the rest of this entry »

Donald Trump’s attacks on social media threaten the free speech rights of all Americans – Eliza Bechtold

2 06 2020

Given that US president Donald Trump appears to use Twitter almost instinctively, his recent attacks on the platform may seem counterintuitive. But his feud with Twitter is another example of the ways in which the president has routinely distorted the principles of the First Amendment in order to undermine the very freedoms he claims to be championing – as well as American democracy more broadly. Read the rest of this entry »

The coronavirus pandemic highlights the need for a surveillance debate beyond ‘privacy’ – David Lyon

31 05 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has stirred up a surveillance storm. Researchers rush to develop new forms of public health monitoring and tracking, but releasing personal data to private companies and governments carries risks to our individual and collective rights. COVID-19 opens the lid on a much-needed debate. Read the rest of this entry »

Trump’s Twitter tantrum may wreck the internet – Michael Douglas

29 05 2020

US President Donald Trump, who tweeted more than 11,000 times in the first two years of his presidency, is very upset with Twitter. Earlier this week Trump tweeted complaints about mail-in ballots, alleging voter fraud – a familiar Trump falsehood. Read the rest of this entry »

Coronavirus: public confused and suspicious over government’s death toll information – Stephen Cushion, Maria Kyriakidou, Marina Morani, Nikki Soo

24 05 2020

The decision by the UK government to stop publishing the international comparative death rate in its daily briefings from May 12 attracted widespread criticism. Many people saw this as an attempt to cover up just how badly the UK has handled the pandemic. Read the rest of this entry »

Coronavirus: people want media to ramp up factchecking and question dubious claims – Stephen Cushion, Maria Kyriakidou, Marina Morani, Nikki Soo

14 05 2020

How well the media holds the UK government to account over its handling of the pandemic is a question that has been fiercely debated over recent weeks. Journalists have been attacked for asking difficult questions at press briefings, while broadcasters have been criticised for challenging government decisions. Read the rest of this entry »

Australia: Is protesting during the pandemic an ‘essential’ right that should be protected? – Maria O’Sullivan

23 04 2020

Protests are increasingly breaking out around the world as people begin to chafe against lockdown restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Read the rest of this entry »

Australia: The High Court rules in favour of News Corp, but against press freedom – Peter Greste

18 04 2020

It is easy to assume Australia has a free press. Our squawky newspapers are filled with stories about the failings of government, acid-tongued columnists routinely lash our politicians, and until May last year the police hardly ever raided newsrooms or journalists. Read the rest of this entry »

Coronavirus: calls from journalists for an end to the lockdown are out of step with public opinion – Catherine Happer

17 04 2020

In times of crisis and widespread concern about decision-making, the public are extremely reliant on journalists to put their questions to those in power. If there was ever a time for the media to act as the fourth estate, holding power to account in the public interest, the coronavirus pandemic is it. Now, more than ever, their role is crucial in ensuring that the public mood is communicated and acted upon. Read the rest of this entry »

Social media fuels wave of coronavirus misinformation as users focus on popularity, not accuracy – Jon-Patrick Allem

8 04 2020

Over the past few weeks, misinformation about the new coronavirus pandemic has been spreading across social media at an alarming rate. One video that went viral claimed breathing hot air from a hair dryer could treat COVID-19. Read the rest of this entry »