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This judgment will chill us all

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Virtually every time a judge steps into the courtroom to adjudicate in a media case, it seems to have the effect of making the publication and dissemination of news more difficult. NSW Supreme Court judge Stephen Rothman's judgment on Monday is a classic of the genre.

Dylan Voller, pictured in 2017, sued three media organisations for defamation.Credit:AAP

In this case, The Sydney Morning Herald and other media organisations published links to their (non-defamatory) articles on their public Facebook pages. Then some unnamed individuals posted comments that the plaintiff, Dylan Voller, says were defamatory of him.

The question before the court was: are the media liable for defamatory comments made by third parties on their public........

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