Cameron Slater went to the High Court last Thursday to overcome the next legal hurdle in the defamation case taken out against him by Mr Matt Blomfield.
For those of you late to the story, Whaleoil was given access to information about Mr Blomfield’s business dealings regarding Hell Pizza. Â Due to a series of events, allegedly supported by Mr Blomfield’s own documents (allegedly, because we’re still subject to legal action), some of Mr Blomfield’s business dealings Â were reported on, especially those surrounding Hell Pizza and Hell Pizza sponsorship.
Mr Blomfield took exception to having his business emails published and took Cameron Slater to court for defamation. Â Part of this process is that all the articles about Mr Blomfield onÂ Whaleoil have been removed from public view, and we are under a suppression order from the Court that stops us from revealing any new information about Mr Blomfield – anything that isn’t already out in the public domain.
As part of that legal tussle, Mr Blomfield wanted to know who provided Cam Slater with access to the emails and documentation. Â Whaleoil doesn’t reveal sources. Â We never have and we never will, so Slater respectfully told the judge he couldn’t do that, and invoked protections under the law allowing journalists not to be compelled to reveal their sources by a Court.
The next legal step was therefore obvious to Mr Blomfield: Â insist that Cameron Slater isn’t a journalist, and Whaleoil isn’t part of the media.
A District Court judge found in Mr Blomfield’s favour, and insisted Cameron Slater reveal his sources. Â Again, this was resisted, even though Cam Slater was now clearly in contempt of court. Â Read more »