The Supreme Court of the Philippines on September 16 affirmed the guilty verdict on a 1999 libel case filed by a customs official against a columnist, three editors, and the publisher of a local tabloid. Libel is a criminal offense punishable with jail terms in the Philippines.
The Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) and Writers' Alliance for Media Independence (WAMI) are deeply concerned about the defamation suit filed against blogger Raja Petra Kamaruddin by lawyer Shafee Abdullah, who also demanded through a court order for Raja Petra to reveal the sources of his articles said to be defamatory.
The Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) is concerned that the Chief Minister of the largest state in Malaysia, Abdul Taib Mahmud is suing online news site Malaysiakini.com, and two opposition leaders from Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) for defamation. The Sarawak Chief Minister has alleged that he was defamed by the series of articles alleging corrupt [...]
The Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) is concerned that the chief minister of the East Malaysia state, Sarawak has threatened to sue online newsite Malaysiakini.com over its article about possible corruption by the chief minister and his family.
Thirty-one organizations spoke out against the defamation suits by the New Straits Times Press berhad (NSTP), against blogger Ooi Chuan Aun and Ahiruddin Attan, or Jeff Ooi and Rocky's Bru as they are popularly known, in a joint statement released today.