FEER defamed PM, MM

23Sep08

To nobody’s surprise, Lee Kuan Yew and Lee Hsien Loong have won their defamation suit against the Far Eastern Economic Review.  Straits Times:

THE High Court has ruled that the publisher and editor of the Far Eastern Economic Review (Feer) defamed Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in a July 2006 article in the magazine.

The Lees were awarded damages, which will be assessed at a later date.

Review Publishing and Mr Hugo Restall are also restrained from publishing, selling or disseminating the libellous allegations in Singapore. …

In its defence, the Hong Kong-based magazine argued that the article – titled ‘Singapore’s ‘Martyr’, Chee Soon Juan’ – was based on facts and fair comment, concerned matters of public interest and was a neutral report.

But Justice Woo said Feer’s defences failed or did not apply in Singapore.




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