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Seminars, interviews & commentary    December 17, 2013  
Highlights and lowlights of 2013

It has been an interesting, sometimes tumultuous year in the media and in media law … The Gazette asked a handful of local luminaries to nominate some highlights and lowlights of the year that was ... more

Seminars, interviews & commentary    December 3, 2013  
A year after Leveson: Has British press cleaned up its act?

It is a year since Lord Justice Leveson released his damning report on the British press … In this article, Goldsmiths, University of London Professor of Media and Communications Des Freedman argues that in that time the power of the press has effectively stymied change ... more

Seminars, interviews & commentary    November 18, 2013  
Australia: a media law backwater?

Australia risks being left behind as a media law backwater while other nations pursue defamation law reforms designed to meet the realities of digital publishing and social media, argues Michael Cameron ... more

Seminars, interviews & commentary    November 15, 2013  
How to avoid defamation

Beware the defamation minefield … New Zealand barrister Steven Price has a 12-point checklist that’s especially useful for the unwary ... more

Seminars, interviews & commentary    November 1, 2013  
Facebook's volte-face: Its changing stance on videos showing graphic content

Facebook recently lifted the temporary ban it imposed on a video showing the beheading of a woman … In this Inforrm article, Rhory Robertson and Sophie Pugh examine the social networking site’s censorship policy ... more

Seminars, interviews & commentary    October 27, 2013  
Justin Quill - Part Two
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Seminars, interviews & commentary    October 27, 2013  
Question Time - Justin Quill

More of News Corp Australia’s media law business has recently gone to boutique Melbourne firm Kelly Hazel Quill … In this interview, principal Justin Quill shares his views on defamation law and practice, privacy, media regulation, journalistic ethics, protection of sources and the future media landscape ... more

Seminars, interviews & commentary    October 22, 2013  
Media Law Resource Center Conference, London 2013

The Media Law Resource Center conference is known for heightened discussion of the issues of the day … Fairfax Media’s in-house counsel Richard Coleman reports that Lord Leveson was wise to decline an invitation ... more

Seminars, interviews & commentary    October 21, 2013  
The Defamation Act 2013: What difference will it really make?

The new UK Defamation Act received Royal Assent in April this year, but is yet to commence … In this paper, presented at the recent Media Law Resource Center (MLRC) conference in London, David Hooper, Brid Jordan, Kim Waite and Oliver Murphy look at what difference it will make for publishers and practitioners ... more

Seminars, interviews & commentary    October 3, 2013  
Bound for the High Court

The NSW Court of Appeal recently delivered a divided decision involving the defamation action brought by Pat O’Shane against radio station 2GB and Alan Jones … Media lawyer Graham Hryce explains why it is likely to end up in the High Court ... more

Seminars, interviews & commentary    September 30, 2013  
Defamation, declaration and qualified privilege

Six years after a press release was found to have defamed an Auckland businessman, the NZ Court of Appeal has overturned the judgment … New Zealand barrister Steven Price finds the decision wanting in several respects ... more

Seminars, interviews & commentary    September 27, 2013  
Privacy: Asking the wrong question

In this article, which was first published in Inforrm, Emeritus Professor of Law and Legal Theory Raymond Wacks examines the difference between “private lives” and “private facts” and explains how statutory legislation could make clearer the boundary between privacy and free speech ... more

Seminars, interviews & commentary    September 5, 2013  
Question Time Hugh Tomlinson QC

Phone hacking, privacy, press regulation, celebrity super-injunctions, Hacked Off, InforrmHugh Tomlinson QC has played a key role in the critical media cases and issues of the day … He was in Sydney recently, where he talked exclusively to the Gazette ... more

Seminars, interviews & commentary    September 1, 2013  
Anonymous posters and the new Defamation Act: the draft regulations

Internet defamation has been considered for the first time in the UK’s new Defamation Bill 2013 … Specialist IT and internet lawyer Graham Smith examines the draft regulations and finds the defence available to anonymous posters has been “significantly watered down” ... more

Seminars, interviews & commentary    August 26, 2013  
Celebrity, privacy and the media - Australia & UK

The common law protection of privacy has been slow to develop in Australia … Media law academic Dr David Rolph suggests this has everything to do with different media environments and, critically, with whose privacy is at stake ... more

Seminars, interviews & commentary    August 19, 2013  
Politics, Twitter and the public servant

The implied constitutional freedom of political communication recently received another blow – this time in a Federal Circuit Court judgment involving a public servant and her anonymous tweets … Sydney barrister Gabriella Rubagotti analyses the decision ... more

Seminars, interviews & commentary    August 16, 2013  
What must be done about the trolls on Twitter?

The rise of the Twitter troll is a very real phenomenon, ranging from the plain annoying to the violently threatening … So what can be done about it? ... Media consultant David Banks looks at the nether world of internet trolls ... more

Seminars, interviews & commentary    August 14, 2013  
Question Time - Leanne Norman

Few media lawyers have had as much experience acting for mainstream media as Banki Haddock Fiora’s Leanne Norman. In this interview, she shares her views on defamation, contempt, juries, privacy, press standards, press regulation, the internet and much more ... more

Seminars, interviews & commentary    July 24, 2013  
Offensive and defamatory political publications - latest developments

Political publications – offensive and defamatory – have been the subject of various judgments in the past year … Sydney barrister Gabriella Rubagotti reviewed the latest developments in this paper, presented at a recent Communications & Media Law Association seminar ... more

Seminars, interviews & commentary    July 22, 2013  
Hunting down the principles

The recent UK decision upholding the Reynolds defence of responsible journalism has raised some interesting issues … London-based media lawyer Stephen Collins examines the judgment and its implications ... more

Seminars, interviews & commentary    June 25, 2013  
Should judges use social media?

In this paper, presented at a recent conference hosted by the Australasian Institute of Judicial Administration, NSW District Court Judge Judith Gibson examines the implications for judges, courts and journalists in the use of social media ... more

Seminars, interviews & commentary    June 18, 2013  
Social media/internet law: The Wild West of publishing

The Communications & Media Law Association recently hosted a seminar on current issues in defamation … Sydney barrister Matthew Lewis presented this timely and entertaining paper on media law and the internet ... more

Seminars, interviews & commentary    June 18, 2013  
Has the Harassment Act just swallowed the law of defamation?

A New Zealand lawyer has found a way of getting abusive and possibly defamatory material about her removed from the internet indefinitely … Wellington barrister Steven Price reflects on a radical judgment that by-passes defamation law ... more

Seminars, interviews & commentary    June 17, 2013  
Question Time - Henric Nicholas

The NSW Supreme Court’s Defamation List Judge Henric Nicholas is due to retire in July … He agreed to share his thoughts on media law and practice, past and present, in this exclusive interview with the Gazette ... more

Seminars, interviews & commentary    June 10, 2013  
Question Time - Gill Phillips

Gill Phillips is director of editorial legal services for Guardian News & Media Limited (publisher of The Guardian and The Observer and guardian.co.uk) ... She was recently in Australia and agreed to answer some gently probing questions over breakfast ... more

Seminars, interviews & commentary    May 24, 2013  
Question Time - Andrew Rule

Andrew Rule has been a journalist for nearly forty years. He is also a successful author and publisher, most recently of the Underbelly true crime series. He agreed to share his thoughts on journalism and the media, lawyers and the law, the perils of independent publishing and much more ... more

Seminars, interviews & commentary    May 23, 2013  
The case for a public interest defence

Lord Justice Leveson did not favour a public interest defence for journalists … But UK barrister Joseph Lewis argues it should be incorporated in the new press regulation scheme ... more

Seminars, interviews & commentary    May 17, 2013  
Newspaper protected under Articles 8 and 10

The European Court of Human Rights has once again affirmed the protection of journalists’ sources, this time establishing that newspapers themselves also have rights … Hugh Tomlinson QC reviews the judgment in this Inforrm article ... more

Seminars, interviews & commentary    May 16, 2013  
State of suppression orders seminar

Suppression orders are on the rise in the two busiest jurisdictions, according to recent research … Some of the more frightening figures were on display at a seminar organised by the Centre for Media and Communications Law … Alix Piatek was there ... more

Seminars, interviews & commentary    May 10, 2013  
Political advertising v free speech

The European Court of Human Rights recently upheld a blanket ban on “political” advertising on radio and television in the UK … Steven Price looks at the decision and compares it with America’s free-for-all approach ... more

Seminars, interviews & commentary    April 15, 2013  
NZ court grants interim injunction against Earthquake Commission blogger

A case of heavy-handed suppression of information in the public interest? New Zealand barrister Steven Price looks at a recent interim injunction granted to the Earthquake Commission ... more

Seminars, interviews & commentary    April 9, 2013  
Racial discrimination, defamation and freedom of expression

Critics of the decision which found Andrew Bolt guilty of racial discrimination claim anti-discrimination laws impinge on free speech … But what of defamation law? Media law academic Dr David Rolph looks at both Acts and finds each wanting ... more

Seminars, interviews & commentary    April 1, 2013  
The fundamental right to insult our leaders

Free speech under threat, everywhere … In this Inforrm article, Adam Wagner looks at three recent cases – in France, the West Bank and the UK ... more

Seminars, interviews & commentary    March 11, 2013  
Leveson, arbitration and the press

One of the Leveson Report’s key recommendations is a system of arbitration to resolve complaints about the press outside court proceedings … In this Inforrm article Hugh Tomlinson QC looks at how it might deliver justice for both sides ... more

Seminars, interviews & commentary    March 5, 2013  
The 2013 CMCL Conference

Footballers on trial, journalists on the front foot, and lawyers stepping left of field to propose alternatives to defamation law … ABC media lawyer Lynette Houssarini reports on Melbourne University’s recent Centre for Media and Communications Law Conference, Media, Communications, Publics ... more

Seminars, interviews & commentary    February 27, 2013  
The High Court splits but Lange remains a dead letter

The High Court quashes any hope for the Lange defence in two recent judgments, one involving “offensive” letters sent through the post and the other an Adelaide “street preacher” ... Sydney media lawyer Graham Hryce looks at where and why it all went wrong ... more

Seminars, interviews & commentary    February 25, 2013  
More unreasonableness in libel law

A recent English Court of Appeal judgment has determined Google is potentially liable as a secondary publisher … London-based media lawyer Stephen Collins looks at the reasoning and finds its consequences unreasonable in the circumstances ... more

Seminars, interviews & commentary    February 24, 2013  
Hawaii's new "anti-pap" laws

Hollywood’s war on being terrorized by paparazzi has moved from California to Hawaii. Michael Cameron reports from New York on the new fight between celebrities and the entertainment news industry ... more

Seminars, interviews & commentary    February 24, 2013  
Is Google a publisher or not?

Conflicting judgments on the liability of Google as a publisher make libel law online increasingly uncertain. Melbourne media lawyer Leanne O’Donnell reviews several recent decisions in the UK and Australia ... more

Seminars, interviews & commentary    February 10, 2013  
Libel, privacy and freedom of expression online: the future, the Defamation Bill, Leveson and beyond

In the second part of this Inforrm article on libel, privacy and freedom of expression online, Hugh Tomlinson QC looks at how a “law of cyberspace” might develop ... more

Seminars, interviews & commentary    February 6, 2013  
Question Time - Peter Bartlett

Minter Ellison partner Peter Bartlett has been at the top of the media law game for decades, instructing an enviable list of media companies. He agreed to share his thoughts on many matters – including defamation, privacy, phone-hacking, media regulation, protection of sources, super-injunctions, suppression orders and the vexations of anti-discrimination legislation ... more

Seminars, interviews & commentary    January 16, 2013  
Leveson: Six weeks on, what is happening?

Late last year, the Leveson Report recommended wide-ranging reform of the UK media, but has anything concrete been put in place by media or government? In this Inforrm piece, Brian Cathcart looks at the current state of play in both realms ... more