The highest stakes defamation trial in Australia’s history starts in the Federal Court on Monday. Victoria Cross recipient Ben Roberts-Smith is suing The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald and some of our journalists over our reports he allegedly committed war crimes in Afghanistan and sought to cover them up since then.
Roberts-Smith will be the first witness in the eight-week trial.
On today’s Please Explain, The Age Editor Gay Alcorn is joined by The Age investigative journalist Nick McKenzie to examine the upcoming defamation trial and the issues at stake.
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