Brian Martin: writings on defamation

When you've been threatened or sued, see especially:

Defamation law and free speech, a leaflet with information about legal rights and options for action for people who may be threatened by a legal action or who are worried about something they want to say or publish. 1996.

Brian Martin and Truda Gray. How to make defamation threats and actions backfire. Australian Journalism Review, Vol. 27, No. 1, July 2005, pp. 157-166.

Truda Gray and Brian Martin. Defamation and the art of backfire. Deakin Law Review, Vol. 11, No. 2, 2006, pp. 115-136.

When you've been defamed, see especially:

Brian Martin. What to do when you've been defamed. The Whistle (Newsletter of Whistleblowers Australia), No. 45, February 2006, pp. 11-12.

Brian Martin. Being defamed. Chapter 6 in Nonviolence Unbound (Sparsnäs, Sweden: Irene Publishing, 2015), pp. 148-207.

Other articles

Brian Martin. Defamation havens. First Monday: Peer-Reviewed Journal on the Internet, Vol. 5, No. 3, March 2000. How to use the web to challenge censorship-via-defamation-law.

Defamation and the Australian media: a case study: how an article for a newspaper was altered because of defamation law.

Brian Martin. Caught in the defamation net. GP Solo (American Bar Association General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Division), Vol. 23, No. 1, January/February 2006, pp. 48-51.

Brian Martin. Defamation law fails the test. Illawarra Mercury, 27 August 2008, p. 20. Shortcomings of defamation law for ordinary citizens.


"Don't be gagged", review of Greg Ogle, Gagged, in The Whistle (Newsletter of Whistleblowers Australia), No. 61, January 2010, pp. 9-11


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