A man accused of raping a seven-year old child at a restaurant in South Africa makes his first court appearance.
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Social media presents new challenges in sensitive cases but media houses must stick to the law.
Jordan Peterson speaks to a crowd during a stop in Sherwood Park, Alta., in February 2018. Peterson is suing an Ontario university and three of its staff for defamation.
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Jordan Peterson's lawsuit against Laurier is hardly the action of a free speech advocate. Here's how he resembles Cleon of ancient Greece.
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Twitter posts and messages on WhatsApp can come back to haunt you, even years later.
The High Court found that Michael Trkulja could sue Google for defamation due to search results that potentially indicated that he had ties to Melbourne’s criminal underworld.
Google has lost a High Court appeal in defamation litigation brought by Michael Trkulja. It is time to consider that extending "safe harbour" to Google may be a good idea.
A large slab of defamation action in Australia is now disputes between individuals over comments posted online, rather than high-profile actions like Rebel Wilson’s.
A trend of defamation cases going digital has led to a review of defamation law in New South Wales.
Writing an online review can be cathartic. But you can be sued for defamation if you disaparage a person’s reputation.
Writing a negative online review can have serious consequences, so you need to be careful about how, and what, you write.
A reporter interviews a protester outside the Amarillo courthouse.
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Twenty years ago, a Texas court decided Winfrey hadn't defamed the state's cattle industry. At the time, local media struggled to explain the science at stake in the case.
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, seen here at the provincial legislature in January, is among politicians who have threatened to sue political foes.
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The trend of politicians suing other politicians is worrisome since it risks limiting free speech. But there's a solution at hand known as anti-SLAPP legislation.
Pants on fire.
Emmanuel Macron is the latest to talk about reining in fake news. It can't be done.
Rebel Wilson leaves the Victorian Supreme Court after winning her case on June 15.
Rebel Wilson's large damages award for defamation is a salutary lesson that defaming a celebrity with an international profile can lead to a substantial payout for the economic harm done.
Rebel Wilson in Melbourne for her defamation trial against Bauer Media.
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Rebel Wilson has embraced her 'bogan' upbringing in her defamation case against Bauer Media, but what exactly does that mean?
Giving a reference is protected, in defamation law, by the common-law defence of qualified privilege.
In many cases, a reference will contain negative things about its subject. This is part of a reference’s design: the referee should give a full and frank assessment.
Recent changes to the defamation laws make it more difficult for a non-resident to sue for libel in the UK.
Nick Denton's controversial online site offended too many powerful people.
There are several ways to defend a defamation claim in South Africa.
Is it defamatory to ‘name and shame’ alleged rapists? Absolutely, according to South African law – and those who share that information on social media are liable too.
Google is responsible for search results.
Google has lost the latest round in the ongoing defamation case about its delivery of potentially harmful search results.
Treasurer Joe Hockey has been left with a huge bill in his defamation case against Fairfax Media.
Treasurer Joe Hockey has declared he does not regret suing Fairfax for defamation, despite being hundreds of thousands of dollars out of pocket.
Joe Hockey’s successful defamation case against Fairfax Media raises questions about the extent to which politicians should be able to sue in relation to publications about their public conduct.
Hockey v Fairfax illustrates that recent legal and technological developments still pose challenges for defamation law, which has not been reformed to keep pace with these changes.
Picking a fight with a media company should not be a politician’s priority.
The elephant in the room in the just-concluded defamation case between Joe Hockey and Fairfax Media was the actual story being attacked. Media organisations ought to be able to instigate the debate without fear of reprisals by litigious politicians.
Treasurer Joe Hockey has been awarded damages from Fairfax Media.
Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey has been awarded $200,000 in damages for a partial win in his defamation case against Fairfax Media.