News Corp lawyers have sent a defamation concerns notice to an independent journalist on behalf of one of its editors. Serkan Ozturk published a story on his website True Crime News Weekly last week that made allegations about Corey Sinclair, the editor of Alice Spring's Centralian Advocate, about his time as editor of the Star Observer. Ozturk's article uses unnamed sources that allege Sinclair was a bully, threatening and had a drug addiction that his employers had to cover up, in a larger article about problems he sees with LGBTIA media outlets in Australia.
In the letter sent yesterday, News Corp said Sinclair "absolutely denies" bullying staff and having been a drug addict. It said Sinclair had been required to question the work of employees due to his position at the publication. "While it is clear the unnamed source for your article took offence at Mr Sinclair having done so, such conduct does not constitute bullying, let alone the repeated bullying conduct falsely implied by your article," it said.