Media Matters    September 18, 2023

Pressing issues 

Australian Press Council ... Press "watchdog" ... Delay, obstruction and torment ... The tortured road to getting a remedy for inaccurate, unfair, and prejudicial journalism ... The Louise Milligan case shows why the APC needs to replaced ... Richard Ackland reports ... more

 

Journalism    February 20, 2023

Journalists’ jamboree

Media Roundtable ... Attorney General's press freedom gathering in Canberra ... What's likely to be discussed ... What should be discussed ... Reporting that seeks to break free from the yoke of "national security" ... Open society inhibited by a range of forces ... Richard Ackland reports ... more

 

Media Matters    February 13, 2023

The road ahead

Ashurst’s review of media law developments in 2023 … Defamation reform … Federal Court document access rules … Misinformation and disinformation on digital platforms … Privacy … National cultural policy … From Robert Todd, Imogen Loxton, Nic Perkins, Karen Wang and Lisa Xia … more

 

Media Matters    September 8, 2022

Hamish McDonald

Investigative journalism … Long and determined pursuit of the Croatian Six case by foreign editor Hamish McDonald … Judicial inquiry into a miscarriage of justice … Failure of police, ASIO and the justice system … Dogged reporting … more

 

Media Matters    August 31, 2022

Michael West

Journalist and publisher Michael West talks to GLJ … Independent journalism today … Financing the enterprise … Best scoops … Interruptions by lawyers …  Shortcomings of the mainstream … The next phase … more

 

Media Matters    August 31, 2022

Murdoch v Crikey

Starting gun fired … Ticklish media baron sues independent news publisher … “Unindicted co-conspirator” in Trump’s crimes … No one likes to be pushed around by a billionaire bully with an overblown sense of entitlement … Richard Ackland comments … First published by Justinian … more

 

Media Matters    August 24, 2022

Lachlan Keith Murdoch v Private Media Pty Ltd & Ors

Federal Court … Media mogul Lachlan Murdoch sues Crikey … Suing over reference to Murdochs being “unindicted co-conspirators” with Trump in Capitol riots … Action follows challenge to sue in New York Times and Canberra TimesCrikey claims public interest journalism at stake … Courts Editor Stephen Murray reports … more

 

Media Matters    August 17, 2022

Something to Crow about

The Age settled a defamation claim over its 2020 report about an AFL training camp … Later information emerged that largely vindicates the original story … Newspaper stands by the accuracy of its public interest report … What role for the new public interest defence? Joseph Friedman comments … more

 

Media Matters    May 24, 2022

Sports world: streaming, broadcasting and anti-siphoning

Streaming services and the anti-siphoning laws … Labor government wants  “working families” to have free access to important sporting and cultural events … Fans likely to come out second best as the AFL hunts for a fresh broadcasting deal and more cash … Joseph Friedman reports … more

 

Media Matters    March 18, 2022

Roskomnadzor v Doxa

Energetic young Russian magazine harried offshore by the authorities … Journalism hanging by a thread … Editors under house arrest, facing 15-year jail terms … Chased around the internet … Cyberattacks … Blocked income … Max Shanahan reports … more

 

Media Matters    November 8, 2021

Whistling quietly

27 drafts later … New amended Public Interest Disclosure Bill unveiled in NSW … Procedural reforms … Recommended standard for external disclosure to the media diluted by the government … Ombudsman critical of “significant hurdle” … Maxim Shanahan reports … more

 

Media Matters    August 26, 2021

Government’s closed shop

Government actively resisting FOI applications … Grata Fund research … Excuses from government agencies to deny requests … Delays in breach of the Act … Prohibitive fees … Opportunities for strategic litigation … Janek Drevikovsky reports … more