Australian Threatens to Sue for Twitter Defamation

The Australian’s editor-in-chief Chris Mitchell has threatened to sue academic Julie Posetti for defamatory tweets she allegedly made about Mitchell, according to an ABC report.

Posetti was tweeting quotes from a journalism conference at Univeristy of Technology, Sydney, when she allegedly defamed Mitchell. Posetti was tweeting comments from the Australian’s former rural reporter when she wrote “Walhquist: ‘In the lead up to the election the Ed in Chief was increasingly telling me what to write.’ It was prescriptive”.

The Australian ran a story in which Mitchell rejected the allegation, saying “"Asa may or may not have said what the tweeter alleges. She denies to me that she did. But either way the allegations are a lie and Asa has admitted as much.”

Posetti commented briefly on her blog that she had “been asked not to comment further on the detail of what transpired until we know what allegations are being made against me and the University”.

Today Mitchell has again repeated his intention to sue in the Australian, saying “There is no protection from the law in repeating accurately allegations falsely made.”

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