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Bartlett sues Nine over 'defamation'

28/04/2022 - 15:23

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Former Melbourne Football Club chair Glen Bartlett is suing Nine Entertainment Co and two high-profile journalists for damages over a series of articles he claims were defamatory.

Bartlett sues Nine over 'defamation'
The claims against them centre around the alleged publication of defamatory material in three articles between September and March.

Former Melbourne Football Club chair Glen Bartlett is suing Nine Entertainment Co and two high-profile journalists for damages over a series of articles he claims were defamatory.

According to a writ lodged in the Supreme Court, Bartlett has named Australian sports journalist Caroline Wilson and The Age’s chief football writer Jake Niall as parties to the action, as well as Nine, Fairfax Media and The Age.

The claims against them centre around the alleged publication of defamatory material in three articles between September and March 2022 and their republication across affiliated mastheads, including The Age and WA Today. 

Further, Bartlett claims the articles, which detail his departure from the club, also featured hyperlinks to other stories repeating the alleged “defamatory matter”.

Bartlett is claiming damages for defamation, including aggravated compensatory damages and special damages, as well as an injunction which would prevent the articles from being published again.

He also wants interest on those damages as well as court costs for any legal action that ensues.

Nine Entertainment has been contacted for comment.

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