Defamation laws must balance protecting reputations with freedom of expression | Derek Wilding

There’s a particular need to ensure that journalism is not hampered by laws that prevent legitimate exposure of wrongdoing

It’s no surprise New South Wales is the state to kick-start a national review of defamation laws.

This state has long been recognised as the hub of reputation litigation in Australia, and this was confirmed in a study we published earlier this year. In looking at cases in the five years since 2013, we found more matters reached a substantive decision in NSW than in all other states combined.

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