Bloggers sued in Malaysia

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It’s a dark day for Malaysian blogosphere. Two Malaysian bloggers are being sued by a publishing giant over allegedly defamatory postings, the first such lawsuits the country.

The suits against my colleague Jeff Ooi’s prominent blog Screenshots and Rocky’s Bru by Ahirudin Attan. Alas, judging from the comments posted on their blogs!

The application for injunction comes up on January 25 at the High Court, Kuala Lumpur.

Jeff noted:

The New Straits Times Press (Malaysia) Berhad, Kalimullah bin Masheerul Hassan, Hishamuddin bin Aun and Brenden John a/l John Pereira have jointly taken an order, via an ex-parte injunction obtained in the High Court of Malaya Kuala Lumpur (Civil Suit No. S6-23-3-2007) on January 11, 2007, against this blogger.

Rocky said:

None of us have passed this way before, so I shall have to tread carefully. I’ll need you to tread carefully, too, when you leave your comments.

I have been served the papers. They dropped them on Tuesday evening, around 9.30 pm, at the National Press Club. They are applying for an injunction against Rocky’s Bru, this blog. They are suing me for libel.

You have my support, and many others from around the world.

For the same time, let we see what we can learn from this case –which had drawn international headlines. One of the important lesson, though, blogs must be responsible for ALL activity in the comments section!

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