The Centre for Investigative Journalism
The Centre for Investigative Journalism

Chris Masters

Chris Masters worked as an investigative reporter on ABC TV’s Four Corners program from 1983-2010, and was responsible for many nation-shaping reports, including The Big League in 1983, which triggered the NSW Street Royal Commission, and the Moonlight State report on police corruption in Queensland which prompted the Fitzgerald Inquiry.

He produced three television features for the ABC and Network Ten on Australian military operations in Afghanistan. He is the author of six books, the latest Flawed Hero, the story of Ben Roberts-Smith VC. Chris and Nick McKenzie unmasked the war hero as a war criminal. In June 2023, following ‘the defamation trial of the century’, Justice Anthony Besanko of Australia’s Federal Court, ruled in their favour.

Summer Conference Event
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Of War Crimes and Libel Laws: The Case of Ben Roberts-Smith VC

In one of the most important libel trials for decades, this month three Australian newspapers won a historic victory over Ben Roberts-Smith VC, Australia’s most decorated soldier, after they accused him of killing three Afghan civilians in cold blood and he sued.