Eli Fisher wins Media Law MedalEli Fisher ... "A huge honour" to meet the judges
Should ancient laws that make it a criminal offence to publicly criticise and 'scandalise' Australian courts be abolished?
The contempt charge of 'scandalising the court' is ripe for a challenge, according to UNSW law student Eli Fisher, who's been named the inaugural winner of the Australian and New Zealand Media Law Medal, from the Centre for Media and Communications Law at Melbourne University.
Eli outperformed other finalists in Melbourne recently with a 10 minute presentation before a distinguished judging panel: former High Court Judge Michael Kirby, Melbourne Law School Professor Andrew Kenyon, and Fairfax Media's Gail Hambly. He also had to write a 5,000 word essay.