30 January, 2007

Both sides now bound by 'No-Subjudice' undertaking

Beauty and the Bs
(p/s B for bloggers, from left Jeff, Marina M and Rocky)

Lawyers from both sides of the defamation suit initiated by NSTP et.al against this blogger have agreed to record the following before Justice Malik Ishak in chambers at the High Court of Malaya Kuala Lumpur this morning:

By agreement, all parties henceforth agree not to publish any articles, comments or posts regarding the dispute presently before the High Court in this action that may be regarded as subjudice or that may prejudice the fair trial of the case.

I understand the draft was prepared by the plaintiffs' lawyers, and ours did not object to it.

Prior to this, the plaintiffs had on January 11 obtained an exparte injunction against this blogger, requiring him to remove 12 + 3 alleged defamatory postings posted on Screenshots between February and December last year.

The injunction also restrains this blogger, "whether by himself, or through his employees and agents", from republishing these posting in Screenshots or on the world wide web, until the disposal of the defamation suit.
More on Screenshot.

Rocky -

The New Straits Times Press (Malaysia) Berhad agreed this morning "not to publish any articles, comments or posts regarding the dispute presently before the High Court in this action that may be regarded as subjudice or that may prejudice the fair trial of the case" involving a suit it has taken jointly with three individuals against Screenshots blogger Jeff Ooi.
The popular blogger, who was represented by lawyer Haris Ibrahim, has given a similar undertaking in front of Judge Malik Ishak.
The court has set March 6 to hear Jeff Ooi's application to strike out the case brought against him by the Umno-owned NSTP and its two top operatives Kalimullah Hassan and Hishamuddin Aun, together with former group editor of NST, Brenden Pereira.
More on Rock's Bru

Abdullah hits back at bloggers, websites out to 'rubbish' him

Prime Minister Abdullah says his critics have created stories, exaggerated issues to discredit his government

Quote :

The New Straits Times Press (NSTP), publisher of the NST daily, is suing bloggers Ahirudin Attan and Jeff Ooi for unspecified damages and is seeking an injunction to prevent them from continuing to post objectionable material.

The publishing company contends that 48 postings by Mr Ahirudin and 13 by Mr Ooi defamed its deputy chairman, Datuk Kalimullah Hassan, group editor-in-chief Hishamuddin Aun, and former group editor Brendan Pereira.

Some of the issues brought up by bloggers and news portals had also caused frustration within government circles, with the prime minister himself coming out to deny them.

Last month, PM Abdullah denied that he had bought a RM30million (S$13million) yacht after reports surfaced on the Internet saying that he had gone to Turkey to view the vessel.

Last week, he denied reports -- again on the Internet -- that the government was using unknown companies to raise US$50billion (S$76.8billion) in project loans.

In the past few days, the buzz on Malaysian websites has been whether the government has ordered a new US$50million luxury jet for use by top officials. Officials have yet to confirm or deny the claims.

Datuk Seri Abdullah had earlier backed NSTP's right to sue the bloggers, saying that they were not above the law and that their owners had to be responsible for content on their sites.

During the interview with NST in the Swiss city of Davos, where he attended the World Economic Forum, Datuk Seri Abdullah said he would not be deterred by distractions coming out of cyberspace.

"If I allow myself to be distracted by all this, I will not be able to do any work. That is what they want, that I not focus on my work," he said.
(Straits Times Singapore)



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