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When the government hangs its citizens out to dry

Journalist Alan Morison faces jail after his Phuket-based news outlet Phuketwan was targeted by the Royal Thai Navy. But Australia’s Foreign Minister doesn’t seem interested in the case.

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The octogenarian no-win, no-fee lawyer draining media coffers

Defamation lawyer Clive Evatt has media editors trembling in their boots, and he’s not afraid to embark on multi-year cases that end up in the High Court. But is he a friend to the battler, or just a provocateur?

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Media briefs: Williams lawyers up … Seven restructure … Crosby in UK …

Kim Williams is threatening to sue Fairfax over a front-page article this week. That and other media tidbits.

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If Hanson-Young can sue Zoo, what about those Daily Tele shockers?

Sarah Hanson-Young has a good case against Zoo for a photoshopped bikini photo. And defamation lawyers tell Crikey the case could give other editors some pause for thought.

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Holocaust defo case makes strange bedfellows of Greens, The Oz

Controversial historian Fredrick Toben is suing Greens leader Christine Milne and The Australian newspaper — bringing the warring parties together in an unlikely legal battle.

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Media briefs: new Media Watch host … Dank sues for deffo …

Who will be the new host of the ABC’s Media Watch? That, and other media news.

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The spiralling cost of freedom of the press

In an age of fragmentation and financial difficulties, court costs for media lawsuits are becoming prohibitive. What impact will this have on what journos dare to write?

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Journos in the dock: the real threat to press freedom?

There’s a trend towards journalists being taken to court for refusing to give up their sources. Freelance journalist Sally Whyte looks at some recent cases and asks what the effect is on investigative journalism and media freedom.

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Bernardi v Fairfax in possible defamation battle

Controversial Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi is fuming about a recent Fairfax article questioning his links to right-wing groups in the US; he is threatening to sue.

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Google defames us all, but should we sue?

What is to “publish” in the digital age? Search engines are now targets as we wake up to the fact the law says we’re publishing every time we go online.

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PM has little to fear from Assange’s new legal threat

Julian Assange has threatened legal action against Julia Gillard for her 2010 claims that WikiLeaks is “illegal”. But experts say any case is highly unlikely to succeed.

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Alan Jones’ greatest hits: your handy A to Z guide

A handy A-Z guide to the gaffes and other disasters brought to us by broadcaster Alan Jones in his decades at the microphone. Crikey brings you the best of Jones.

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Devamation: George Pell pursues legal action over a Deveny tweet

Cardinal George Pell’s lawyers pursued legal action against Twitter after comedian Catherine Deveny tweeted a photo which Pell’s lawyers say “conveys … seriously defamatory imputations”.

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The not always rewarding history of defamation and political leaders

My own experience in this and other defamation matters perhaps gives me a different perspective to many people on the balance there should be between critical commentary and reporting on political matters.

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Most journalists…

Today, Professor of Journalism at Bond University and the author of The Journalist’s Guide to Media Law Mark Pearson states the obvious in Crikey.

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Posetti receives letter of demand from Chris Mitchell, and a special invitation

The editor in Chief of The Australian newspaper, Chris Mitchell, has sent a letter of demand to journalism academic, Julie Posetti, confirming he will pursue her for defamation over a series of tweets .

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The Oz v Twitter: tape recording soon to surface

The accuracy of a series of tweets at the centre of a landmark defamation case is about to be proved or disproved, thanks to the release of a tape recording of the conference where the alleged defamation occurred.

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Keane: a partisan paper now wants to silence dissenters

The Australian’s lack of interest in intellectual substance and quality debate has now become an effort to silence them elsewhere. The editor-in-chief’s decision to sue for comments on Twitter is a new low.

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Mitchell on defamation: ‘neither the paper nor I would ever sue’

Threats by editor-in-chief of the Australian Chris Mitchell to sue journalism academic Julie Posetti are all bluff.

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The Fortnightly Review of IP & Media Law | FEDERAL|

A legal look at the Lara Bingle case

Lara Bingle (and Max Markson, naturally) is taking Brendan Fevola to court for breach of privacy, defamation and misuse of her image. But does she really have a case? Legal experts Jason Bosland and Vicki Huang take the stand.

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2UE ankle deep in legal stoush

Some forensic rigour has been applied to the word ‘ankles’ in Ray Chesterton’s defamation action against 2UE in the NSW Supreme Court this week, writes Richard Ackland.

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Could a blog comment get you sued?

A blogger posts inflammatory comments online about a Vogue model. A court then insists the blogger be identified, so the model can sue for defamation. What if that happened in Australia? Would it change what people wrote online?

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The tweet that launched a $50k lawsuit

How to get sued in 140 characters or fewer: a woman complained to her 20 followers on Twitter about her real estate agents. Now they’re hitting her up for $50,000 for defamation.

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Journalists beware: rumours in cyberspace may ruin credibility

As Mark Twain said, writing long before the arrival of the internet, a lie can travel halfway around the world before the truth has its trousers on.

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Faris: why I don’t want a Crikey blog

I am as thick-skinned as the next commentator, probably more so, but there is no point in having dialogue with people who have a visceral hatred for you personally, writes Peter Faris.

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