Mar 20, 2014

Media briefs: what you can’t read online … Press Council v Tele

Why you won't find today's biggest story online, and other media tidbits of the day.

The last remaining advantage of print media. Rolf Harris is back in court in the UK for pre-trial hearings, and the British judge overseeing the case has slapped a blanket suppression order on reporting what was said at the hearing. Strictly speaking, that means that no one is allowed to report on it. But Australia’s newspapers have gone ahead anyway, with most of them putting the story on their front pages today. Don’t bother looking it up online, though. They’ve not put the story up online in any form.

Crikey spoke to one of the lawyers advising Fairfax, and he told us that while one could argue what Australian newspapers did wasn’t in the jurisdiction of the British court, he advised Fairfax to tread carefully anyway (on legal advice, Crikey has decided to do the same). Interestingly, Fairfax’s papers carried a disclaimer telling readers not to tweet or talk about the story online if they don’t want to risk being in contempt of court. We think this is the first time a newspaper has done so in Australia. So far, it seems the Twitterverse is heeding the advice.

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2 thoughts on “Media briefs: what you can’t read online … Press Council v Tele

  1. Electric Lardyland

    I’m not even going to tune into the promo.

  2. Jeff

    The Daily Telegraph is consistently polled as Australia’s least trusted newspaper. You don’t achieve that sort of notoriety without some effort.

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