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WA Breach of Privacy by Newspaper Reporting My Court Case?

Discussion in 'Other/General Law Forum' started by answers, 11 January 2015.

  1. answers

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    Hi. Recently I received a traffic infringement and I had to appear at the Magistrates Court. I noticed the local newspaper was in the court room and was taking notes of all the hearings. Only today I have found out they have 'named and shamed' me in the paper. Is this legal? Are they allowed to do this without my consent?
     
  2. John R

    John R Well-Known Member

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    Hi answers,
    From the Australian Press Council's Statement of Privacy Principles:
    Questions:
    1. Was the journalist "fair and balanced" in their reporting of the hearing and/or Magistrate's decision?
    2. Did the journalist identify any of your relatives, etc.?
    If you believe that the answer to one or both of the above questions is no (and you can substantiate this in writing), then you may consider making a complaint to the newspaper's Editor at first instance.
     
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