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Bloggers and twats now able to protect their sources

By johnboy - 15 November 2011 11

Simon Corbell has announced the passage of shield laws in the ACT to cover self-identifying journalists online:

In establishing the privilege, based on the Commonwealth model already applying in the ACT, the Territory will maintain the broader definition of journalist beyond traditional media structures.

“We live in an emerging media landscape and this new law will move to extend this journalist privilege to those people who identify as journalists outside of the traditional mediums like newspapers, television and radio,” Mr Corbell said.

“A great deal of people now use blogs and other websites to report stories to the community and even via online websites like facebook and twitter, so it is only logical that these journalists are afforded the same rights to protect their sources.”

The passage of this Bill also finalises the process of the ACT adopting the uniform evidence law that has been endorsed by all Australian Attorneys-General.

These reforms also involved the establishment of uniform professional confidential relationship privilege to preserve the privacy of relationships between professionals and members of the public.

The relationships covered include people seeking treatment from doctors, counsellors or social workers.

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11 Responses to
Bloggers and twats now able to protect their sources
Jim Jones 8:49 am 16 Nov 11

Googonger said :

Twat has obviously lost its meaning in Au$tralia. Call someone a twat in Manchester and you’d get a good twatting – and his sister would call you a sexist.

Pretty c&*ting lucky that the forum has utterly feck all to do with Manchester then, innit?

Googonger 8:17 am 16 Nov 11

Twat has obviously lost its meaning in Au$tralia. Call someone a twat in Manchester and you’d get a good twatting – and his sister would call you a sexist.

Monkey – there are parts of the internet where you can write what you like – but as you show by your self-censorship, this isn’t one of them.

i-filed – You might call him a dickhead – I wouldn’t .

poetix 7:31 am 16 Nov 11

Perhaps twat meant an acronym for The War Against Terrorism.
Personally I favour the twat equals idiot theory, with a little sprinkling of troll.

LSWCHP 8:41 pm 15 Nov 11

Googonger said :

Do you. Is it acceptable to refer to female genitals in a derogatory sense in this forum?

I’m fairly sure that JB doesn’t need covering fire here, but FWIW, I read that usage of “twats” as “idiots”, versus “urogenital component of the female anatomy”.

On the other hand, I’m a 50-ish man with a conservative background and a profound and unshakable addiction to profanity (it’s a long story), so my opinions on this matter may be less than sound. 🙂

I-filed 8:21 pm 15 Nov 11

Googonger said :

Do you. Is it acceptable to refer to female genitals in a derogatory sense in this forum?

You’re allowed to call JB a dickhead on this forum, so why not?

angrymonkey 7:52 pm 15 Nov 11

Googonger said :

Do you. Is it acceptable to refer to female genitals in a derogatory sense in this forum?

It certainly is you d$@k faced c#%t. Welcome to the Internet.

Googonger 5:59 pm 15 Nov 11

Do you. Is it acceptable to refer to female genitals in a derogatory sense in this forum?

johnboy 4:45 pm 15 Nov 11

Googonger said :

twats? Surely you mean twits?

I know what I mean!

Googonger 4:43 pm 15 Nov 11

twats? Surely you mean twits?

johnboy 12:06 pm 15 Nov 11

it’s not a protection against defamation.

damien haas 11:57 am 15 Nov 11

This is interesting, i will have to read the legislation. I get leaks on occasion, and this could be a way to publish wthout being sued.

Surely i cant just call myself a journo to receive protection ?

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