Media Matters    March 8, 2018

No more reform, please

The UK government has announced there will be no new Leveson inquiry into press conduct ... Defamation costs regime under s.40 of the Crime and Courts Act to be repealed ... Press regulation in abeyance despite overwhelming community support for Leveson 2 ... Government appeasement of the publishers ... From Paul Magrath of the Transparency Project ... more


Media Matters    February 17, 2018

A crisis in reporting the courts

The Society of Editors in the UK recently hosted a seminar at the offices of the Telegraph Group in London about the decline in court reporting ... Paul Magrath, Alice Twaite and Judith Townend were there, representing the Transparency Project  ... more


Seminars, interviews & commentary    December 4, 2017

Judge-alone hearings to prevail in Federal Court defamation trials

Full Federal Court delivers another blow to uniform defamation law, finding the Federal Court's judge-alone provisions prevail over any in the Defamation Act 2005 with regard to juries ... Sydney University media law academic Professor David Rolph examines the judgment and its implications ... more


Interlocutory/Case-Management    November 27, 2017

Defamation claim against Westpac employee an abuse of process

NSW District Court dismisses defamation claim against Westpac employee over a letter sent to the Financial Ombudsman Service ... The action was an abuse of process and motivated by an improper purpose ... Nicholas Bonyhady reports ... more


Suppression    February 8, 2017

Suppression city

The same old non-publication order regime emerges early in 2017 … Media succeeds in revoking one set of orders involving the trial on murder charges of Sydney property developer Ron Medich … Otherwise, open justice is closed for business ... more


Injunctions    January 27, 2017

Roadshow Films Pty Ltd v Telstra Corporation

Federal Court of Australia orders internet providers to block access to torrenting and movie streaming sites … They are in breach of a new provision in the Copyright Act 1968 ... Naaman Zhou reports a decision which also let VPNs off the hook ... more