Yahoo fined after news story aborts Australia murder trial

Australian-US media outlet Yahoo7 was Friday found in contempt and fined over an online story that saw a murder trial aborted, with a judge slamming the website for prioritising profit above oversight. A Sydney-based Yahoo7 journalist, Krystal Johnson, and the company were hauled before court last year over a report about a Melbourne murder trial that contained prejudicial information not heard by the jury. Justice John Dixon of the Supreme Court of Victoria convicted Yahoo7 — co-owned by US internet giant Yahoo and Australia’s Seven West Media — of contempt of court and fined the news organisation Aus$300,000 (US$230,000).

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