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Queensland government withdraws plan to ban reporting of unproven corruption claims before elections – The Guardian

Proposed legislation would have made publication of such claims subject to up to six years’ jail

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The Queensland government has withdrawn a proposal that would ban the reporting of unproven corruption allegations during election campaigns, after a backlash from media outlets and the journalists union.
On Thursday the state attorney general, Yvette Dath, tabled the legislation based on recommendations made by the Queensland Crime and Corruption Commission.
The proposal would have made the publication of a corruption allegation during an election period subject to punishment of up to six yea…

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