Malaysian paper sues bloggers

Malaysian newspaper sues bloggers in landmark case
Thu Jan 18, 2007 5:01 PM IST

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - A leading Malaysian newspaper has sued two bloggers for defamation, a company executive and one of the defendants said on Thursday, in a case the opposition says could stifle freedom of expression.

The New Straits Times, the country’s oldest newspaper group, had filed suits against Ahirudin Attan and Jeff Ooi over numerous postings in their respective blogs attacking top company officials, Ahirudin and a NST executive said.

“The papers have been filed. The nature of the suits is defamation,” said the executive, who declined to be named. He did not elaborate.

“I am now looking for a lawyer to represent me,” said Ahirudin, a former editor of Malay Mail, one of the newspapers in the NST stable.

Ooi and NST Chief Executive Syed Faisal Albar could not immediately be reached for comment.

This is the first instance of bloggers being sued for libel in Malaysia, where Internet chatrooms are mushrooming amid tight government controls on mainstream media.

Opposition leader Lim Kit Siang said the suits would have a “chilling effect” on freedom of bloggers and citizen journalists.

“It will have far-reaching consequences for the healthy, mature and democratic growth for free speech and expression, not only on the Internet but in the country as a whole,” he said in a statement.

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:frowning: So sad. What is your say?

We live in a country with a blaming culture. What better way to put it?

News media are afraid of blogging. When the internet emerged they are afraid that they will lose a lot of business. While this hasn’t happened yet, it will happen soon, as children grow up with their first news source choice in front of a computer screen.

So, like the music industry, they resist the change and opt the easy way out: blame it on others.

Sue Me!!!

Time to boycott NST.

If they happened to win this lawsuit. I hope someone will return the favor to them next time.

Find any mistake in their newspaper. especially the malay mail and utusan paper which usually consist indirect racism remark.
Then sue them till they are gulung tikar. screw NST.

FREEDOM OF SPEECH !

Well, they are feeling the threat from online bloggers and losing influence on the younger generations. Their paymasters are not very happy about it so the only natural thing to do is to shut down the competitor. I have actually stopped buying Malaysian Papers and their contents are all rubbish anyway. I rather spend money to subcribe to malaysiakini.

We have freedom of speech? :shock:

Nation
Thursday January 25, 2007

Blogger’s application to strike out suit set for Feb 22 hearing

KUALA LUMPUR: The Kuala Lumpur High Court has set Feb 22 to hear blogger Ahirudin Attan’s application to strike out a suit filed by New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd.

The court adjourned the hearing on NSTP’s application for an interparte injunction against Ahirudin.

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?fi … sec=nation

Nice question! The better way to put it, is … [size=200]KIASU n’ KIASI[/size]… kanasai oso lo!

haha… good idea. Why not you practise writing something bad about ian in Miri and post it in MiriResortCity… C if you can surivive his flying spanner or not. :lol:

Freedom of speech in Malaysia? No way, if you are a non-bumiputera, once you comment about why “keutamaan org melayu”, you definately end up kena ISA one de… go to local kopitiam, you will hear them say the same one…

[quote=“sileast20”]Sue Me!!!

haha… good idea. Why not you practise writing something bad about ian in Miri and post it in MiriResortCity… C if you can surivive his flying spanner or not. :lol:

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Well I wouldn’t of course directly do it towards ian, of course…Duh…that would be awkward…are you sure you got me rite there Flower heart??

Well I wouldn’t of course directly do it towards ian, of course…Duh…that would be awkward…are you sure you got me rite there Flower heart??[/quote]

Dear Sileast20, believe it or not, if you could spare your face doing thing the other way round, you might get popular. hmmm… I could be wrong too… so “sue me too”… :cry: