Erwin, I’m so sorry to hear this. My thoughts are …

Comment on Alice Springs News loses defamation case by Suzanne Visser.

Erwin, I’m so sorry to hear this. My thoughts are with you and your family and the people you defended in your now famous series of articles.
Keep up the good work! I still read the Alice Springs News every week, although I live in NSW now.
Freedom of Press rules!
Suzanne Visser

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