Lachlan Murdoch Drops Defamation Lawsuit Against Australian Publisher

e4oisd0">Sydney-fox Corporation Executive Chairman and Chief Executive lachlan murdoch Just days after his company dropped a defamation lawsuit against an Australian media firm resolved a separate high-profile dispute With Dominion Voting Systems in America

Mr. Murdoch in August Private Media Pvt. The article, written by Crikey’s political editor Bernard Kean about the congressional investigation of the riots, ran under the headline, “Trump is a bona fide traitor. And Murdoch is his unspecified co-conspirator.”

Private media rejected the claim that the article had defamed Mr Murdoch and the case went to trial in the Federal Court in Sydney in October. In its defense, filed in court last year, Private Media said references to the Murdoch family were “self-evidently exaggerated” and that it had used creative license to take on then-President Richard Nixon’s US grand jury empanelment in 1974. did. As an undisputed co-conspirator in the Watergate scandal.

“No one would take the words literally to suggest that Murdoch was guilty of criminal conspiracy or treason under US law,” the defense filing said.

On Friday, Mr Murdoch’s lawyer, John Churchill, filed notice in federal court saying the Fox chief executive was discontinuing the proceedings.

In a statement, Mr Churchill said Mr Murdoch was confident he would win the case at trial.

“However, he does not want to enable Crikey’s use of the court to conduct litigation from another jurisdiction that has already been settled and marketing campaigns designed to attract customers and boost their profits.” facilitates,” he said, in an apparent reference to the Fox-Dominion agreement.

In a statement on its website, Crike called the decision a victory for public interest journalism and said it stood by the original article.

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