Media freedom is good, but absolute media freedom could lead to a nastier, more brutish public discourse.
Defamation law reform is on the horizon. Social media companies may be held more liable for what they publish. But this could come at the expense of everyday users.
South Africans seem to be fascinated with the way in which spying is entwined in the country’s politics.
Australia's latest defamation ruling has made Facebook publishing a minefield, but there are strategies to ensure better social media outcomes for everyone.
Journalists are not happy about a decision of the Supreme Court of New South Wales finding that media companies could be liable for defamatory comments made under news stories on their Facebook pages.
Amid all the Mueller report uncertainty, one thing is clear: Donald Trump did some wildly improper things to win the presidency. So did Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson, JFK and George W. Bush.
Politicians threatening to sue each other is not unusual in Canada, but the lawsuits seldom make it to court.
The judgement is a personal and legal vindication for the actor, but it may have unintended side effects for the #MeToo movement and the reporting of sexual harassment allegations.
Pell trial reporters, a judge and a media lawyer on why the suppression order debate is far from over.
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On the day George Pell was sentenced, several experts with wide-ranging experiences of suppression orders discussed how they affect the public’s right to know and whether the laws should be reformed.
When the media genuinely behave badly, this should be called out by politicians. But doing so through the courts is not a good idea, nor conducive to democracy.
Social media presents new challenges in sensitive cases but media houses must stick to the law.
Jordan Peterson's lawsuit against Laurier is hardly the action of a free speech advocate. Here's how he resembles Cleon of ancient Greece.
Twitter posts and messages on WhatsApp can come back to haunt you, even years later.
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 trend of defamation cases going digital has led to a review of defamation law in New South Wales.
Writing a negative online review can have serious consequences, so you need to be careful about how, and what, you write.
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.
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.
Emmanuel Macron is the latest to talk about reining in fake news. It can't be done.
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.