Lachlan Murdoch sues Australia’s Crikey for defamation


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Via:  hallux  •  2 years ago  •  12 comments


Lachlan Murdoch sues Australia’s Crikey for defamation
Fox News boss sues small Australian news site over article linking the Murdoch family to the January 6 Capitol riots in the US.

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Fox News boss Lachlan Murdoch has sued the Australian media outlet Crikey, accusing the independent news site of defaming him in an opinion piece about the   January 6 riots at the United States Capitol .

The lawsuit was filed late on Tuesday in Australian federal court, a day after Crikey refused to apologise for the   opinion article   and challenged Murdoch to sue it.

Crikey even took out an advertisement in the New York Times on Monday, publishing an open letter that welcomed the opportunity to “test this important issue of freedom of public interest journalism in a courtroom”.

Murdoch is chief executive of media behemoth Fox Corporation and co-chairman of News Corp.

He is the eldest son of billionaire media tycoon Rupert Murdoch, owner of scores of outlets including Fox News, The Wall Street Journal and the New York Post.

Crikey’s article, written by its politics editor Bernard Keane and published in June, did not name the younger Murdoch directly. Headlined “Trump is a confirmed unhinged traitor. And Murdoch is his unindicted co-conspirator”, the article said in its final paragraph that the “Murdochs and their slew of poisonous Fox News commentators” contributed to the assault on the US Capitol.

Murdoch’s lawyers had previously claimed in letters to Crikey that their client was defamed 22 times in the article and its social media posts.

While Crikey initially deleted the article on the day it was published as a “goodwill gesture” after Murdoch’s lawyers made contact, the piece was reinstated amid the legal wrangling.

Crikey editor Peter Fray and chairman Eric Beecher said on Wednesday that the site “stands by its story”.

“We look forward to defending our independent public interest journalism in court against the considerable resources of Lachlan Murdoch,” they said.

“We believe that coverage of the events of January 6 at the US Capitol, and the role of Fox News in those events, is absolutely legitimate.”

The story has made waves in Australia, where the Murdoch family remains a major player in local media despite its global expansion.

Former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull even weighed into the saga on Wednesday, saying he was “very surprised” by Murdoch’s decision.

“I think it’s hypocritical,” he told radio show RN Breakfast, adding that the Murdochs were “always bleating about freedom of speech, and how the defamation laws are too harsh”.

Australia’s tough libel laws offer few protections to the media and have earned the country the nickname “the defamation capital of the world”.

Meanwhile, in the US, Fox News is fighting its own defamation lawsuits from two US election technology companies over its coverage of the country’s presidential election in 2020.

Dominion Voting System Inc is suing Fox News for $1.6bn for defamation, accusing the media outlet of falsely claiming the voting machine company rigged the election against former President Donald Trump.

Smartmatic is also pursuing a $2.7bn defamation lawsuit against Fox News in a similar case.


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PhD Principal
1  seeder  Hallux    2 years ago

Crikey meets yikes!

Professor Principal
1.1  devangelical  replied to  Hallux @1    2 years ago

FOX in the US is almost harmless compared to the murdoch bullshit sky news in oz broadcasts.

PhD Principal
1.1.1  seeder  Hallux  replied to  devangelical @1.1    2 years ago

Waiting for shona1 to pipe in.

PhD Quiet
1.1.2  shona1  replied to  Hallux @1.1.1    2 years ago


I haven't had brekkie yet, the cat is been a pain as it wants food and it's cold wet and windy.

Fox, Murdoch, Crikey I don't watch or read anything about them...never heard of Crikey..

I tend to sieve the crap from the fact when it comes to any news reporting and make up my own mind...

But certainly sounds like the challenge has been accepted by Murdoch. Crikey may become cactus...(stuffed).

PhD Principal
1.1.3  seeder  Hallux  replied to  shona1 @1.1.2    2 years ago

Yawn? Reminds me of chats with my daughter when she attended Melbourne University for a year in 2009.

PhD Quiet
1.1.4  shona1  replied to  Hallux @1.1.3    2 years ago

It's hard work being a head of you mob all the time...

Hope she enjoyed her stay..🦘

Professor Principal
2  Kavika     2 years ago

Free speech only counts when it fits the Murdocks.

Split Personality
Professor Guide
2.1  Split Personality  replied to  Kavika @2    2 years ago

Amazing, the pressure from lawyers and the threat of a suit is almost an admission of guilt.

Amazing that Lachlan hasn't learned that lesson, instead channeling his inner Trump on a lost cause.

PhD Quiet
2.1.1  shona1  replied to  Split Personality @2.1    2 years ago

Arvo split...and yet his grandmother was a lovely and brilliant lady...warm, kind and extremely generous and gave away millions.. especially to the children's hospital doing research etc on diseases...

And in the space of one and two generations it all turns to crap...

I think Dame Elisabeth would be spinning in her grave...

Professor Principal
3  JBB    2 years ago

Murdochs dish it out but cannot take it themselves!

Professor Principal
4  Ender    2 years ago

Sad thing is, he is right. Fox played a big hand in it.


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