Rupert Murdoch’s son sues Australian website for defamation

Fox Corp CEO Lachlan Murdoch is suing Australian news website Crikey in a Sydney court for defamation over an opinion piece about last year’s hurricane by the US Capitol.

The son of edia mogul Rupert Murdoch filed the claim in Federal Court on Tuesday, a day after the president of publisher Crikey Private Media, Eric Beecher, and managing editor, Peter Fray, filed their names on an ad in The New York Times inviting Lachlan Murdoch to sue.

“We are awaiting your text so we can examine this important issue of press freedom in the public interest in the courtroom,” the two media executives said in a statement. open letter to Lachlan Murdoch, also published in Australia’s The Canberra Times on Tuesday.

Murdoch is suing Private Media, a privately held company, says Fray, who is also the site’s editor-in-chief, and Crikey’s political editor, Bernard Keane.

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Fox Corp CEO Lachlan Murdoch is suing Australian news website Crikey in a Sydney court for defamation over an opinion piece about last year’s hurricane by the US Capitol (Mary Altaffer/AP) )

Murdoch claims he was smeared by Keane’s article on the US Congressional investigation into the January 6 uprising that Crikey posted on June 29 with the headline: “Trump is a traitor confirm is nothing. And Murdoch is his indirect accomplice.”

US cable giant Fox News is accused in lawsuits filed in the US for making false statements linking two election technology companies, Dominion and Smartmatic, to a theft conspiracy votes from former president Donald Trump in the 2020 election, won by Joe Biden. .

Crikey welcomed Murdoch’s actions, saying “Crikey will not be silenced” in a statement released on Wednesday.

Lachlan Murdoch’s office confirmed defamation proceedings had been filed but declined to comment further.

We are determined to fight for the integrity and importance of diverse, independent media in Australian democracy.Will Hayward, Private Media

Private Media chief executive Will Hayward said in a statement: “We are determined to fight for the integrity and importance of diverse, independent media in Australian democracy.”

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No court date has yet to be set. Murdoch did not propose a sum if he wins damages in court.

Crikey removed the controversial article from its website when it received a letter from Murdoch’s lawyers the day after the article was published. After a further exchange of letters between the lawyers, Crikey republished the article last week.

Crikey attracts a readership of at least 175,000 readers a month and has at least 15,000 paid subscribers, according to court documents.

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