There's nothing unusual about politicians sending legal threats to media companies, but small publishers and private citizens increasingly need to watch their words too.
Dr Chau Chak Wing's defamation case against the ABC's Four Corners highlights the inadequacies of Australia's defamation laws.
Crikey readers discuss defamation on social media, the media as a mouthpiece for government and the ABC standing up for itself.
For all the publicity that a Geoffrey Rush or Rebel Wilson case attracts, the vast majority of defamation suits are small, wasteful and often result in outcomes disproportionate to their social value.
Accusations of bias. Witness X revealed. Tactical ploys ahead of special damages. This thing is far from done.
Mark Latham is facing another defamation case after tweeting about a UNSW student incorrectly suspected of plotting a terror attack. The result could be far-reaching.
It's very unlikely former Don Dale detainee Dylan Voller will win this one, but we should all be watching closely.