The first
injunction on The Age in about a quarter of a
century will be heard today at 2.15pm in Melbourne’s Supreme Court.
It’s believed that the last time an injunction was taken out against the paper
was way back in the days of the Costigan Commission.

So what happened? Late last night, in dramatic fashion, the AFL and the AFL Players’ Association
took out an injunction against The Age and other Fairfax publications to prevent the publication of an article by Fairfax’s Olympics
and doping issues specialist Jacquelin Magnay. The story was apparently set
to name three players, one from the West Coast Eagles, one from Port
Adelaide and one from Fremantle, who have each tested positive twice to
social drugs banned in sport. For Magnay’s explanation, click here.

What Magnay neglects to mention however is how the AFL caught wind of the story in the first place.

Apparently Magnay had filed the story with her
primary employer, The Sydney Morning Herald but under Fairfax’s
copy-sharing arrangement, the story was also provided to The Age.

The Melbourne paper proceeded to make calls to check Magnay’s
facts, thereby alerting the AFL to the story. The rest is history.

Peter Fray

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