The federal government's recent (failed) attempts at media reform unleashed a storm of criticism that it would cramp the freedom of the press. There's also a spate of legal cases against journalists -- including by Australia's richest person -- and experts warn this may have a chilling effect on investigative journalism. So where's the outcry from the IPA and News Limited?

When the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance launched its 30 Days of Press Freedom last week, the union pointed to an unprecedented number of journalists facing litigation, including subpoenas and defamation charges. Media law experts told Crikey the numbers aren’t unusual, but they are worried about a possible trend towards lawsuits -- expensive, time-consuming and emotionally draining for journalists.