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Hockey in the ‘dock’: Treasurer can’t recall much

Joe Hockey has taken the stand in his defamation proceedings against Fairfax.

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Packed house to hear Hockey tear strips off Fairfax

What good will suing Fairfax do for Hockey? The public already mistrust politicians, writes Margot Saville from the court room.

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Sorry the most expensive word: Age apologises in front-page splash

Fairfax has issued a possibly unprecedented front-page apology to the Melbourne teenager the paper misidentified as a terrorism suspect.

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Crikey 15: Stephen Mayne on that defamation suit

Crikey speaks to Stephen Mayne, on defamation, losing his house and having a generous corrections policy.

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Indonesia not the only offender when it comes to capital punishment

Crikey readers have their say on capital punishment and Tasmania’s defamation laws.

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Media briefs: Alan Jones is everywhere … Tassie defo laws dumped … Kennett quits over pay …

Tasmania dumps its defamation laws. Plus other media tidbits of the day.

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Philip not the first Sir Prince in the family

Crikey readers have their say on Tony Abbott’s knighthoods and freedom of the press.

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Why politicians are well within their rights to sue journalists

Crikey readers have their say on defamation laws and socialist MPs.

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Crikey list: politicians who have sued media outlets for defamation

For all our politicians profess a love of free speech, here are some of our elected representatives who decided to cash in on a media that might have been a little too free …

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Mayne: can Newman win his defamation case against Alan Jones?

Crikey’s founder draws some interesting parallels between Jeff Kennett and Campbell Newman’s defamation lawsuit.

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One story, told week by week: don’t expect an Australian Serial

Australia’s strong defamation laws make it very unlikely Australia could replicate Sarah Koenig’s blockbuster podcast.

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Bolt defamation litigant loses case, will declare bankruptcy

Victoria’s Supreme Court threw out a defamation case against Andrew Bolt and landed plaintiff David Barrow with a $500,000 cost judgement. He nonetheless tells Crikey he’s glad he stood his ground.

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Clive Palmer’s taking you to court, and it doesn’t matter if he wins

Clive Palmer’s long history of litigating against his detractors has served him well, regardless of how many cases he actually wins.

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‘Bolt and News Corp want a pound of something’: defamation case kicks off

David Barrows, an accountant and recently graduated lawyer, is representing himself as he sues News Corp and Andrew Bolt. The case starts in Melbourne today.

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Malaysian govt tightens grip on media freedom

The Malaysian government has never been friendly to an open and democratic press. But its lawsuit against an online publication is taking things to another level. Former Malaysiakini intern Jarni Blakkarly reports.

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Dog act: Chris Kenny after more than $90,000 from the ABC

Chris Kenny has previously implied all he wanted was an apology from the ABC for that photoshop. But now he wants almost $100,000 from the public broadcaster.

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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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