Major public media reform in New Zealand is coming at the same time as trust in government and media declines. The proposed new law needs to make political and editorial independence a top priority.
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Complicating things is the fact the prosecution plans to call Wilkinson as a witness in the trial.
Calls to reveal the true identities of social media users won’t make the internet safer without deeper reform of online platforms.
Nirvana’s Nevermind album.
The Nirvana baby lawsuit serves as a timely reminder to parents to be careful about what they are sharing about their children online.
A media law expert explains why the Sun was right to report on Health Secretary Matt Hancock’s personal life.
Headlines and headaches for those unable to escape their past.
At the end of the 1925 movie ‘Red Kimono,’ the protagonist, Gabrielle Darley, throws away her garment and moves on to a better life. Real life is more complicated.
Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama uses social media as a way to reach constituents directly.
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New laws in Albania show one approach to dealing with disinformation – and highlight some pitfalls of selective regulation.
Big Tech companies have built a better trap for profiting from consumers’ attention than the traditional media can offer.
Media companies are mad as hell at tech giants and don’t want to take it anymore. But what choice do they have?
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No wonder that, according to a new international survey, media companies are increasingly unhappy with their lot. In this episode we hear from the survey's author, Robert Whitehead.
A journalist at work with his camera.
The state in Ghana still justifies taking steps that amount to suppression of the media.
Michelle Guthrie in 2018: the former ABC managing director made greater staff diversity a top priority. But her final Equity and Diversity annual report failed to meet several long-held targets.
As we face a growing tide of unregulated hate speech, the media is crucial in normalising diversity. Yet progress here has been slow. Even the ABC has failed to meet some of its own targets for hiring a diversity of employees.
Australian federal police entering the Australian Broadcast Company headquarters on June 5, 2019.
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An American media scholar studying in Australia looks at the protections offered by the two countries for investigative reporting, raising crucial questions about journalism’s role in democracy.
Today on Media Files we look at the suppression order that prevented the Australian media reporting the Pell case - and why rushing to judge-only criminal trials may be a mistake.
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.
ACCC Chair Rod Sims released the preliminary report of the Digital Platforms Inquiry into Google, Facebook and Australian media on December 10 2018.
The ACCC would like closer scrutiny of digital platforms such as Facebook and Google – in particular with regards to user privacy, market power and operational algorithms.
Sir Cliff Richard: what BBC did was an abuse of free speech.
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Judge’s decision means the media cannot identify a suspect until they are arrested. This may be challenged on appeal.
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.
George Pell emerges from court during his committal hearing on historical sexual offences.
George Pell’s current committal hearing engages the principle of ‘open justice’ and some of its most important exceptions.
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.
Leader of Finsbury Park mosque, Mohammed Kozbar, speaks to media after the attack as Jeremy Corbyn looks on.
When an investigation is active, the press are subject to legal reporting restrictions.
Controversies over sport, gambling and TV have tended to overshadow changes to the anti-siphoning scheme.
The proposed anti-siphoning changes certainly shift the economic balance from free-to-air to pay-TV, as well as from government intervention in the sport TV market to more open market play.
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.