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. The dismissal of the defamation case was also a rare victory for journalists over defamation laws which, in Australia as in the UK, are unashamedly hostile to press freedom. Two of the journalists who got the story, Nick McKenzie from The Age and Chris Masters, one of the country’s most influential investigative journalists, join us from Australia. This session is via Zoom.
- 28 June 2023 10.50–11.50