Aug 11, 2017

And the Wankley goes to … Shane Dowling, for gleefully ignoring the justice system

Shane Dowling says he did no more than journalists do every day, but His Honour rather disagreed.

Emily Watkins — Media reporter

Emily Watkins

Media reporter

Now and again, Crikey likes to recognise those whose contribution to journalism is so egregious that they really make us reconsider the value of our own profession. And there is no one more deserving of a Wankley Award this week than Shane Dowling, the “enthusiastic” blogger jailed yesterday for contempt of court.

Dowling, who publishes the blog Kangaroo Court of Australia, was sentenced to four months in jail in the NSW Supreme Court for repeatedly breaching a suppression order issued during the height of the court battle between Seven boss Tim Worner and his former lover Amber Harrison. The names of two women named in court documents have been suppressed, and Dowling was charged with contempt after he published their names and then refused to take them down when the court ordered him to.

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2 thoughts on “And the Wankley goes to … Shane Dowling, for gleefully ignoring the justice system

  1. Czaba Bakbi

    It is a sad day when Crikey no longer supports a free press.
    Even if the reporter is a Blogger, he should be allowed freedom to report the truth.

  2. AR

    When has a defendant of limited means ever been granted a suppression order?
    Like SLAPP writs & defamation, tools of the tools already too well tooled up to beat the rest of us about the head.
    This guy is a larrikan & idiot.
    Long live larrikans – this country will be poor indeed without them.

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