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The Walkley Foundation notes that in Federal Court of Australia defamation proceedings commenced by Dr Andrew Laming against the Nine Network, Nine issued the following apology to Dr Laming:

 

Apology to Dr Laming

On 27 March 2021, 9News Queensland broadcast a report about Dr Laming who was at the time a member of Federal Parliament.

Serious allegations were made about Dr Laming in that report and he sued Nine because of it.

9News has now seen material which indicates that the photograph Dr Laming took was not lewd in nature.

9News unreservedly withdraws those allegations about Dr Laming and apologises to him and his family for the hurt and harm caused by the report.

 

The proceedings have otherwise settled on confidential terms.

The Walkley Foundation Directors have resolved to commission an independent review of the awarding of the 2021 Walkley Award for Television/Video News Reporting to Peter Fegan and Rebeka Powell.

The Walkley Foundation has given awards to recognise Australian journalism since 1956, and regularly reviews its processes. The review of this particular award will be conducted by individuals with no connection to the work under examination.

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