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.
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.
Calls to impose harsh prison sentences for verbal crimen injuria are often premised on the need to deter such behaviour.
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.
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.
Defamation law poses a considerable threat to freedom of speech in Australia, especially where social media is concerned.