The Nine Network’s attempts to keep the Mark Llewellyn affidavit out of the Australian papers certainly got coverage today:

The Sydney Morning Herald carried it on the front page; it was also in News Ltd papers such as The Daily Telegraph and The Australian.

So where was the Australian Financial Review‘s coverage? In Its Rear Window column, unlike the SMH which put it on page one.

It’s not that it isn’t a business story, nor a story that’s not of interest to the media, especially after Fairfax and News Ltd appeared in the NSW Supreme Court yesterday to argue their right to join the action Nine took against Seven Network, Mark Llewellyn, Crikey and myself to prevent any further publication of the affidavit.

But then the AFR has always been partial to front page exclusives from Park Street.

As the story in The Australian pointed out, despite the best efforts of a judge who was at sea, the affidavit is well and truly out and about.

“Even though the dispute between Llewellyn and Nine is over, Nine has persuaded a judge of the NSW Supreme Court to issue an injunction preventing further publication.

“Judge Joseph Campbell has taken the line that a confidentiality agreement negotiated between Llewellyn and Nine should apply to all media, including those that are not party to their private agreement.

“Campbell’s injunction could have been drawn up by Franz Kafka. It denies reality.

“Thousands of copies of the Llewellyn affidavit continue to circulate on the internet after it was initially sent out by Crikey.

“The entire affidavit has been obtained by The Times of London, sister newspaper to The Australian.

“Nine’s mishandling of the Llewellyn departure is clearly big news, even in London. If The Times publishes the affidavit on its website, the lunacy will be complete.”

Peter Fray

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