Crikey owner Private Media and News Corp have reached a legal agreement that prevents Crikey from hosting or further distributing the News Corporation Australia Weekly Operating Statement for the week ended June 30, 2013.

As part of the agreement, Private Media promised to destroy by 5pm Thursday any hard and electronic copies in its possession.

However, we are not required to pull down the stories based on the documents we have already published. We are also not bound by any confidentiality agreement. As part of the contract signed by both parties, Private Media cannot be sued over publication of the confidential documents.

The agreement is not a legal injunction. It does not prevent others from publishing stories based on the documents.

On Wednesday Crikey published the original 270-page financial documents on which we based our stories. We have now scrubbed those links and removed the document from our website. If you have previously viewed the document, clear your cache.

“We remain proud of our ‘story behind the story’ brand of independent journalism, and you will find all of the stories that we have published about this here,” said Private Media CEO Marina Go.

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