Australian newspaper to pay more than $1 million to settle defamation claim against ABC

AUSTRALIA’S biggest newspaper has been accused of falsely accusing a former staff member of rape and threatening to kill her family if she did not stop speaking out.

Key points:ABC employees were asked to sign a letter stating they would not speak about the case at a public meetingA former ABC staff member was found to have lied about being raped by another womanThe paper’s editor has been suspended for 18 monthsThe ABC has been contacted for comment.

The letter was written by ABC managing director Michael Caine, who said he was concerned about the alleged misconduct of staff members, who were asked not to speak publicly about the matter.

He said the allegations were being investigated.

“I think they have a duty to respond,” he said.

“We have a responsibility to tell the truth about what is happening.”ABC News’ Sarah Kelleher and Dan Boulton contributed to this report.

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