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Media Matters    August 11, 2017  
Can journalists really promise anonymity to their sources?

Investigative journalists rely heavily on their ability to attract and retain the trust of their sources … But can they really promise them anonymity? ... Media lawyers Richard Leder, Sanjay Schrapel and Chelsea Ives look at the law, and the reality … more

Media Matters    August 2, 2017  
Zipporah Lisle-Mainwaring v Associated Newspapers

UK High Court strikes out claim brought by London woman against the Daily Mail ... Judge Patrick Moloney QC finds attempts by journalists to contact her for a story did not amount to harassment – it was a matter of public interest … Media Lawyer’s Mike Dodd reports ... more

Media Matters    June 29, 2017  
Seven Network Limited v South Eastern Sydney Local Health District

Victory for Channel Seven over CCTV footage of assaults at Sydney hospitals … NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal review finds public interest in disclosure outweighs privacy and confidentiality, as long as faces are pixelated … Sebastian Tonkin reports ... more

Media Matters    June 28, 2017  
How the Press Council works

The Australian Press Council is the “low-key, light-touch” alternative dispute resolution body that safeguards high journalistic standards … Sara Tomevska looks at who complains and how complaints are adjudicated ... more

Media Matters    June 26, 2017  
The case of the disappearing court reporter

The number of reporters covering Australian courts is steadily declining as most major news organisations cut staff across the board … Hannah Wootton examines the trend and its consequences for journalism and the public, in this special report ... more

Media Matters    June 22, 2017  
What is public interest journalism?

The idea of public interest journalism rests on the notion that it exposes necessary truths … But is journalism in a state to do so in the fast moving digital world? Melbourne University media and politics academic Andrea Carson looks at the issues in light of the Future of Public Interest Journalism Inquiry ... more

Media Matters    June 6, 2017  
Goodbye to all that: s 40 Crime and Courts Act, Leveson Part II and a reformed press

Debate over press regulation – independent and otherwise – continues apace in the UK … In this article Leeds University media law academic Dr Paul Wragg critiques the Conservative Party’s U-turn on press reform ... more

Media Matters    May 22, 2017  
Why media reform has been so hard to achieve

The Turnbull government’s proposed changes to Australian media ownership laws will only serve to concentrate power in fewer hands … It will do nothing to address an industry in transition says Associate Professor Tim Dwyer of the Department of Media and Communications at Sydney University ... more

Media Matters    May 5, 2017  
The threats to journalist sources are very real

Recent events have demonstrated just how concerning the threat to journalist sources remains … Head of the Department of Journalism at Curtin University, Associate Professor Joseph M. Fernandez, looks at the evidence and calls for action ... more

Media Matters    May 1, 2017  
The persecution of Kate McCann

The media has been at its salacious worst in the case of missing child Madeleine McCann … Kate McCann given the Lindy Chamberlain treatment … Libel action fails at all levels … The tragedy made worse by bungling Portuguese police and judiciary … Sohini Mehta reports … more

Media Matters    April 13, 2017  
Letís be reasonable

Forget 18C – Australian defamation law holds a far more dangerous threat for journalists, writes Michael Bachelard ... In this article, he looks at where the law fails the practice of journalism and suggests how it could be improved ... more

Media Matters    April 3, 2017  
Appeal court orders Vice Media to produce source communications to police

Ontario Court of Appeal gives Vice Media short shrift and orders it to produce source communications to the police … A ban on reporting police evidence is also upheld … Paul Schabas, Iris Fischer and Ravi Amarnath review the judgment ... more

Media Matters    March 20, 2017  
Australian Press Council launches Reconciliation Action Plan

Last week in Sydney, the Australian Press Council announced another initiative – a Reconciliation Action Plan aimed at the nation’s Indigenous media … Naaman Zhou was there, along with the council’s first Indigenous publication member, the Koori Mail ... more

Media Matters    March 13, 2017  
Media and public to get "viewing terminals" for live-streamed court proceedings

Open justice to get a boost in the UK as the government prepares to introduce laws to allow journalists and the public access to “virtual” court proceedings via “viewing terminals” ... Media and information law academic Judith Townend examines the proposals ... more

Media Matters    February 2, 2017  
Trump's America: the land of the not-so-free press

In an America where President Trump continues to hold the media in contempt and reporters are arrested and charged, where is the First Amendment? Sussex University journalism academic Ivor Gaber looks at what’s behind the parlous state of politico-press relations – and what’s at stake ... more