Video discussion on defamation in Timor-Leste and Australia

The impact of defamation laws on the activities of the press in Timor-Leste and Australia was the subject of a video-conference on Friday 20 October 2017.

Points of commonality and difference in Timor-Leste and Australia’s media law environment drawn out… Bachelard noted that Australia has become an extremely litigious country in which to journalism… that precedents have ruled out all but truth defenses.

José Texeira: inherited a criminal code ‘entrenched in the past, ossified even within the civil law context existent in Europe’. Constitution creates barriers to promotion of free press. Rights to privacy and good name is highly prioritised in the Timorese constitution, to the

The discussion engaged journalists, media lawyers, academics, and representatives from press unions and press councils from Dili and Melbourne in discussion about recent developments to media law in both countries and the implications for free media activity.

The conference was organised by the Asia Pacific Journalism Centre and the Timor-Leste Press Council, with support from ANU house in Melbourne and the World Bank video conference facility in Dili.

Participants included:

Michael Bachelard, Fairfax Media
Pedro Camões, Lawyer
Alberico da Costa Junior,  Moderator
Francisco da Silva Gari, Journalist Radio Liberdade
Hugo Fernanades,  Timor-Leste Press CounciI
Vigílio da Silva Guterres, Timor-Leste Press CounciI
John Henningham, JSchool
Phillip Kafcaloudes, RMIT
Prof Damien Kingsbury, Deakin University
Jim Nolan, Barrister and IFJ legal advisor
Raimundo Oki, Journalist Timor Post 
Manuel Pinto, Journalist Tatoli   
Alana Schetzer, Freelance journalist, educator and MEAA federal delegate
José Texeira, Lawyer
Vonia Vieira, Journalist            
Dr Alex Wake, RMIT
John Wallace, Co-Chair, Director, Asia Pacific Journalism Centre
Listen to the recording here.