Nine Network’s parent, PBL, went to court in Sydney late yesterday to
get an ex-parte injunction over Crikey’s publication of the Mark
Llewellyn affidavit.

“The Supreme Court of NSW has ordered that
until further order there be no publication or dissemination of any
part of the contents of the affidavit of Mark Llewellyn sworn and filed
on 23 June 2006 or any document referring to or recording the substance
or effect of any part of affidavit.”

That effectively stopped
other media outlets from publishing follow-up stories. It is the second
time in less than a week that PBL or Nine has used the ex-parte route:
Nine tried last Thursday to get an ex-parte injunction to prevent Mark
Llewellyn from going to Seven. Seven heard about the move and blocked
it. Nine abandoned the action late Friday.

Nine TV programs, such as Sunday, 60 Minutes and A Current Affair
have used documents like affidavits in the past. They have also used
secret recording devices and hidden cameras to obtain audio and vision.

It seems there is one rule for the media like PBL and Nine when
it suits them and another when there’s something they don’t want to get
into the public arena.

Peter Fray

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