Australia defamation case signals a crackdown on ordinary citizens, critics say Asia Newsday

MELBOURNE (NYTIMES) – Australia’s Defence Minister on Wednesday (Nov 24) won a defamation case over a six-word tweet that called him a “rape apologist”. Critics and experts said the court case exemplified the conservative government’s heavy-handed approach toward regulating damaging commentary on social media – what Prime Minister Scott Morrison called “a coward’s palace”.…

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