“Defeat: Australian Soldier Loses Multiple Defamation Claims Against Media in War Crimes Case”

Former Australian SAS veteran, Ben Roberts-Smith, has lost his mammoth defamation case against several Australian newspapers and reporters. Roberts-Smith was accused of committing war crimes while serving in Afghanistan, and sued the publishers over a series of reports they published about his conduct. However, after a lengthy trial, Justice Anthony Besanko of Australia’s Federal Court found that the articles were substantially true and dismissed Roberts-Smith’s claims. The publications, including The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, hailed the ruling as a landmark victory for press freedom in Australia. The case is the latest in a string of lawsuits brought by Australian military personnel following media reports about their behavior in conflict zones.