A crisis of confidence: @BowlerBarrister on the #CarmodyCrisis #qldpol

A crisis of confidence. @BowlerBarrister takes a look at the problems created around the appointment of Tim Carmody QC to the position of Qld Chief Justice.

By Ross Vernon Bowler LLB Barrister-at-Law The Rule of Law Queensland is a democratic society. Within that democracy Queensland has chosen to make the rule of law a constituent part of its justice system and therefore its societal structure. In its simplest form the rule of law endeavours to ensure justice for all according to […]

Why Australians should care about World Press Freedom Day: @journlaw

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Readers of NoFibs reap the rewards of citizen journalists expressing their news and views with a high level of free expression by world standards. So why should Australians care about media freedom on World Press Freedom Day 2014? Quite simply, because it is a ‘fragile freedom’ – continually under threat and only noticed by most people once […]

Visiting concentration camps in Utopia: @burgewords interviews @GGeorgiadisRN on ‘that’ comment the DIBP didn’t like

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  The Australian twittersphere freaked out when refugee advocate @VanessaPowell25 was threatened with legal action by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) earlier this month. Unless she removed a post on her Facebook, which documented one moment at a protest outside the Villawood Detention Centre in Sydney’s Western Suburbs, the DIBP would “consider […]

Silencing the ones who serve you: a public servant speaks out

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  As a public servant of some 20 years’ standing I don’t expect much support from the general population these days, but it has been heartening this week to see some impassioned responses from a range of respected commentators on social media to the new ‘dob in a colleague’ policy formulated for its staff by […]

Abbott’s attack on ABC proves politicians are free press chameleons – @journlaw reports

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By Mark Pearson  @journlaw 5th February 2014 Politicians are free expression chameleons. Regardless of their political colours, they are inevitably staunch advocates of a free media and the free flow of information while in opposition. When they win government they tend to shut down criticism and negative press by implementing policies and passing laws to limit scrutiny. […]

Murdoch bookends democracy diasaster for Oz nature: Margo’s pre-election comment

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This is Margo’s pre-election comment, courtesy of 2bobradio and The Vine.   In this week’s final, pre-poll interview, Margo Kingston, editor of citizen journalism website nofibs, talks of the threat to free speech posed by big  media, the loss of hope to Australia’s democracy, and people power in the seat of Indi. The interview will air on Thursday Breakfast at 8.10 a.m. and […]

When blocking a troll escalates risk of troll-harm: A @geeksrulz investigation

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by Tony Yegles (The Geek) 5 July 2013 In which my investigation into who is behind Twitter DIRTBOT accounts @LaborDirt and @ALPdirt and websites Labordirt.com and Twittertrolls.com reveals a series of inadvertent coincidences, happenstances and riddles wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma. What do you do when you come across obnoxious online behaviour of the troll-abuser-defamer […]

ABC Piers silence is consent: @CatherineDeveny on why she’s no Akerman

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by Catherine Deveny June 17, 2013 Piers Ackerman commenting on PM’s misogyny speech I only know three things about Piers Akerman. He’s a right wing hack for one of Murdoch’s mouthpieces. Yesterday he went on Insiders and surprised no one by repeating rumors questioning the sexuality of Prime Minister Gillard’s partner, covering it clumsily with […]

The basics on blogging and tweeting without getting sued

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Margo: This is the third post in our series exploring the meaning of journalism. Professor Mark Pearson, an expert in media law, outlines the basic legal issues journos must keep in mind. by Mark Pearson May 29, 2013 Countless laws might apply to the serious blogger and citizen journalist because Web 2.0 communications transcend borders into […]

The liberties of George Brandis by @awelder

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By Andrew Elder May 22, 2013 Margo: After the recent George ‘free speech’ Brandis speech  I asked (begged) @awelder to write me a piece on the civil liberties credentials of the man who would be Attorney General under an Abbott Government. This is Andrew’s first piece for @NoFibs. Thank you. There is a story of […]