Malaysiakini has to pay RM350,000

  • Nation
  • Friday, 12 Jan 2018

PUTRAJAYA: News portal Malaysiakini has been ordered by the Court of Appeal here to pay RM350,000 in damages and legal costs to the Raub Australian Gold Mine (RAGM) over articles and videos it published which were found to be defamatory.

A three-man panel, led by Justice Abang Iskandar Abang Hashim, made the order after ruling that a Kuala Lumpur High Court had erred in dismissing the RAGM’s claim.

The panel also allowed an injunction on the publication of the three articles and two videos.

Two other judges on the panel were Justices Mary Lim and Suraya Othman.

In the unanimous decision read by Justice Suraya, the panel said the portal’s reports and videos on the gold mine were “reckless” and carried an accusatory and damaging tone.

The reports, the court said, were one-sided as it did not carry responses from the Environment Department, the Health Ministry and the Land and Mines Department.

“Upon perusal of the said articles and viewing the articles and videos, the respondent had only highlighted one side of the Bukit Koman community,” Justice Soraya said, adding the Health Ministry had refuted the claim in the report.

The court then ordered for Malaysiakini to pay RM200,000 in damages and RM150,000 in legal costs to RAGM.

On May 23, 2016, the High Court dismissed RAGM’s claim against Malaysiakini and three other defendants who were members of the editorial staff.

The Bukit Koman villagers in Pahang had alleged that the use of cyanide-related chemicals to extract gold at the mine had affected their health.

Malaysiakini is appealing the decision at the Federal Court. Lawyers James Khong and Syahredzan Johan represented the portal while Cecil Abraham represented RAGM.

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 1
Cxense type: free
User access status: 0
Subscribe now to our Premium Plan for an ad-free and unlimited reading experience!

News , bureaus


Next In Nation

Swedish govt committed to combatting Islamophbia, racism, says Na'im
Acknowledge Perikatan’s shadow Cabinet officially in Parliament, says Bersih
Floods: 285 victims still in relief centres in Sabah as of 8pm on Feb 3
TVET should be led by single agency, new policy needs clarity, says FMM
Tawau MMEA foils attempt to smuggle contraband cigarettes
Selangor Umno ready to discuss state polls seat allocations with Pakatan, says Megat Zulkarnain
Over 100 people lose RM4.6mil to online rewards scam
Four lanes at Kota Kemuning toll plaza to be diverted until Feb 13
Parliament ditching neckties make MPs more approachable, says Loke
Govt to continue expansionary fiscal policy to support economic growth, says PM

Others Also Read