Journalism

Dec 9, 2010

Posetti to fight defo claim … greenies head for Walkleys … Fairfax staff walk …

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Posetti will fight Mitchell on defamation claim. Canberra University journalism academic Julie Posetti will fight the defamation action brought against her by Chris Mitchell, the editor-in-chief of The Australian newspaper. In a letter to Mitchell’s lawyers, Blake Dawson, the vice chancellor of the University of Canberra, Stephen Parker, has announced that Posetti will not be apologising for a series of tweets at a recent conference of journalism educators in Sydney.

At that conference a former Australian journalist, Asa Wahlquist, claimed that writing about human-induced climate change at the paper was “torture” due to Mitchell’s tendency to dictate coverage of the issue. Parker’s letter, posted today on his university blog, reveals that Posetti will accept Mitchell’s offer to attend The Australian newsroom to observe its editorial practices on the condition that Mitchell reciprocates by attending some lectures at the university to discuss the issue with students.

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  1. klewso

    Is there to be fighting fund set up to finance Posetti’s defence – and, to add value for one’s money, will the case be covered in the national news, with all the attendent PR?

  2. Frank Campbell

    Asa Wahlquist’s environmental features for the Oz were invariably insightful and well-researched. Her most telling criticism of the paper is not the idiotic imbroglio over climate change, but her relegation to story-chasing and eventual resignation.

    Chris Mitchell’s use of defamation against Posetti is ridiculous: he’s in a powerful position to reply in the Oz. He just looks like a thin-skinned tweet-killer.

    As for the climate cult, the Oz is schizophrenic. So is the public. Both sides of the cult are ferociously intolerant. The Oz does everyone a favour by exposing the excesses and hypocrisy of both sides. Inadvertent fairness.

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