Court order over 60 Minutes story

Court orders Nine to hand over copy of 60 Mins story, less than 48 hours before broadcast.

The NSW Supreme Court has ordered Nine to hand over copies of Sunday’s 60 Minutes story and The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age investigation drafts following an application by a cosmetic surgeon.

Nine’s report by Adele Ferguson has teased “horrific evidence about an industry that’s becoming more toxic by the day.”

The court injuncted their publication until 4pm Saturday.

Nine had the orders stayed pending an appeal, and agreed not to publish the material before that occurred.

Executive editor of The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, Tory Maguire, said in a statement, “We are alarmed that this decision curbs our ability to conduct investigative journalism in the public interest.

“We are determined to appeal this decision both so this important story can be published and broadcast, and to prevent any precedent that threatens freedom of the press.”