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Sean Carolan and Mark French, both launched defamation proceedings in relation to comments made in the print media about their alleged involvement in doping in sport. The comments made about Carolan was in relation to his position as personal trainer with the Sydney Roosters while the comments about French were about his alleged taking of banned substances as a professional Olympic cyclist. Both were successful in their actions, highlighting the fact that defamation law can help restore the reputation of those accused in the media of being involved in doping. It is suggested these doping cases and other sport defamation cases indicate that defamation law in Australia does provide the right balance between protecting someone’s reputation and preserving a right to freedom of speech.

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