4 Mar 2021

Public health advocates win settlement, apology in WhaleOil defamation case

From Morning Report, 8:32 am on 4 March 2021

Three public health advocates have won a settlement and an unreserved apology from a lobbyist over defamatory blog posts on the WhaleOil website.

Doug Sellman, Boyd Swinburn and Shane Bradbrook filed court action in 2016 against Cameron Slater, Carrick Graham, Katherine Rich and the Food and Grocery Council over the blogs.

It followed publication of the book Dirty Politics by Nicky Hager, which exposed the commercial links between industry, PR tactics and defamatory blogs on the now defunct website.

In a dramatic turn of events yesterday, Carrick Graham said the comments he made were untrue, unfair, offensive, insulting and defamatory - and made to advance the interests of industry.

Doug Sellman spoke to Susie Ferguson.