SINGAPORE: Detained author of book on death penalty denied access to lawyer

Posted on Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

A human rights lawyer claimed on 19 July 2010 that the Singapore government is denying him access to his client, British author Alan Shadrake, who had been arrested over defamation charges, media reports said.

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SINGAPORE: Appellate court affirms FEER defamed Lees

Posted on Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

The Singapore Appeals Court upheld on 7 October 2009 an earlier ruling that the "Far Eastern Economic Review" magazine and its editor, Hugo Restal, had defamed Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his father, former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, media reports said.

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INDONESIA: Newspaper wins libel case

Posted on Thursday, July 16th, 2009

A South Jakarta court dismissed on 15 July 2009 a libel suit filed against local newspaper Koran Tempo.

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INDONESIA: Court ruled in favour of Time in multi-million defamation case

Posted on Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

The Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA) welcomes the landmark ruling of the Indonesian supreme court in favor of "Time Magazine" in a US$106-million defamation suit filed against the magazine by former dictator Suharto.

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Philipines: High Court upholds guilty verdict against columnist

Posted on Monday, September 22nd, 2008

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.

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Indonesia: Media group alarmed at new threat to press freedom

Posted on Saturday, September 13th, 2008

The Jakarta-based Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI) is deeply concerned that a recent law on the electronic media might pose a threat to press freedom in Indonesia.

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CIJ and WAMI urge for whistleblower protection

Posted on Friday, August 15th, 2008

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.

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CM's suit affects the public's right to know

Posted on Friday, June 1st, 2007

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 [...]

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Legal threat stifles media freedom

Posted on Monday, April 23rd, 2007

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.

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NGOs against suing bloggers for defamation

Posted on Tuesday, January 23rd, 2007

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.

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