Lachlan Murdoch issues legal threats against Crikey over January 6 article

Meanwhile, a US congressional hearing last month heard that Trump was watching live footage of the riot on Fox News as it unfolded, ignoring pleas from his family and advisers to to intervene.

Rupert Murdoch, who is not an Australian citizen, is well known for not suing for defamation. However, Lachlan Murdoch is more litigious and this is not the first time he has asked for an apology from Crikey.

In April last year Crikey deleted an article by its founder Stephen Mayne, which made claims about Murdoch’s tenure as a Channel Ten board member. Crikey editor Peter Fray said at the time that Mayne made a series of mistakes in the article and agreed to “keep the current apology on the front page for 14 days”.

It cost Crikey $14,000 in legal fees and was settled between the two parties. Crikey was also forced to apologize in September 2020 for comparing Murdoch to an organized crime figure.

In 2012, Lachlan Murdoch’s settled a defamation case against Fairfax Media, the banner’s former publisher, over an article that appeared in Ages CBD column on his alleged use of News Corp’s business jet. He donated the $50,000 settlement to charity.

Murdoch, who is the CEO of Fox Corp and a non-executive chairman of News Corporation, faces two major lawsuits in the United States from voting machine companies seeking billions of dollars in damages for allegations that Fox News is lying about the 2020 election is destroying their businesses.

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