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We need to throw out defamation law and start again

We need to throw out defamation law and start again

The law is a blunt tool we wield to decide arguments that have no obvious answer. But, in the digital age, it has to be sharper than this.

Will Voller decision change how we use social media?

Will Voller decision change how we use social media?

Crikey readers discuss defamation on social media, the media as a mouthpiece for government and the ABC standing up for itself.

Forget Geoffrey Rush: most defamation cases are petty and incredibly local

Forget Geoffrey Rush: most defamation cases are petty and incredibly local

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.

Drama and tragedy roll on in Rush defamation case

Drama and tragedy roll on in Rush defamation case

Accusations of bias. Witness X revealed. Tactical ploys ahead of special damages. This thing is far from done.

No winners: crowd gathers for final scene in Rush courtroom drama

No winners: crowd gathers for final scene in Rush courtroom drama

Outside court, Eryn Jean Norvill, decked in purple, said she stood by her evidence at trial and called for change in her industry.

Mark Latham’s new defamation case could prompt religious hate speech laws

Mark Latham’s new defamation case could prompt religious hate speech laws

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.

The defamation case that could tear apart the internet as we know it

The defamation case that could tear apart the internet as we know it

It's very unlikely former Don Dale detainee Dylan Voller will win this one, but we should all be watching closely.

Calling someone a racist in public is complicated. Here’s why.

Calling someone a racist in public is complicated. Here’s why.

When can you call a person "racist"? And what stops news outlets and politicians from doing it even in the more obvious cases?

The politicians who sued for defamation in 2018

The politicians who sued for defamation in 2018

Australian politicians have a track record of trying to restore their reputations through the courts, and this year has been no exception.

Defamation damages claims skyrocket following Rebel Wilson verdict

Defamation damages claims skyrocket following Rebel Wilson verdict

Recent defamation claims featuring colossal sums in damages show how Rebel Wilson's action against Bauer Media raised the bar.