The Murdochs are accused of being unindicted co-conspirators in the January 6 attack on the Capitol building.

Lachlan Murdoch

Murdoch is co-chairman of 21st Century Fox.

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Murdoch filed a defamation claim against Private Media and its leadership in Australia's Commonwealth Courts.

The June 29 article highlighted testimony about former President Donald Trump to the January 6 Committee. Murdoch is not indicted.

The Murdochs and their slew of poisonous Fox News commentators are the unindicted co-conspirators of this continuing crisis according to the article.

The publication took out advertisements in the New York Times and Canberra Times in order to encourage Murdoch to file a lawsuit.

Murdoch accused Crikey of defaming him by suggesting he was a co-conspirator in a plot with Donald Trump to overturn the 2020 election result which cost people their lives.

Peter Fray, editor-in-chief of Crikey, said in a statement Tuesday that the outlet "looks forward to defending our independent public interest journalism in court against the considerable resources of Lachlan Murdoch"

Fox News did not reply to the request for comment.

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According to the Herald, the defamation case could be the first high-profile test of new defamation laws in Australia, which more heavily protect speech that is in the public interest. If Murdoch is found to have engaged in improper or unjustifiable conduct, there is a cap on the amount of damages that can be paid.

Crucial Quote

Murdoch's attorney wrote a letter to the outlet stating that the claims about Murdoch were false and should not have been published.

Chief Critic

We didn't start the fight with Murdoch. We are a news company that believes in publishing, not suppressing, public interest journalism, and we are daring Murdoch to take us to court. Lachlan Murdoch has said that he will test the defamation laws he and his editors complain about in court.

Key Background

Murdoch and his father are being sued for defamation by a voting machine manufacturer after false election fraud claims were made by Fox News. The Murdochs are accused in a separate $1.6 billion defamation case of being responsible for the decisions made by Fox News. Cases against both Fox News and the Fox Corporation have been allowed to move forward despite the fact that both Fox News and the Murdochs have opposed the allegations. While the Murdochs are best known in the U.S. for owning Fox News and other publications, News Corporation also owns many major media networks and publications in Australia, and has previously railed against the country's defamation laws in court.

Trump is not a normal person. Murdoch is one of the co-conspirators.

There are letters from Lachlan Murdoch.

Australian news site tells Lachlan Murdoch.

Lachlan Murdoch is taking legal action against a person.

The judge rules that the defamation lawsuit against Fox can move forward.