Student sues academics for defamation

Australia“A PhD student is suing two senior academics for defamation after they branded his TV comedy about people with disabilities as ‘amoral trash’. Michael Noonan is seeking $250,000 in damages from Gary MacLennan and John Hookham, of Queensland University of Technology’s (QUT) film and television school, over an article they wrote in The Australian newspaper in April 2007. The article was about a TV comedy featuring two people with intellectual disabilities, which Mr Noonan had written as part of his thesis, Laughing at the Disabled: Creating Comedy that Confronts, Offends and Entertains …” (more)

[The Australian Higher Education, 19 June]

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