British MP's wife loses libel case over bad tweet

Alistair McAlpine, left, was ruled to have been defamed by Sally Bercow in a tweet that implied he had sexually abused boys

A British court has ruled that a tweet by a parliamentarian's wife that pointed her 56,000 followers to online traffic wrongly naming a retired politician as a paedophile was defamatory, even though it did not spell out the allegation.

Saturday, 25 May, 2013, 4:22am

Google wrongly accused in defamation claim, court told

Gerard McCoy

Businessman Albert Yeung Sau-shing wrongly picked Google, which is only a search engine and not a publisher, to sue for defamation, the Court of First Instance heard yesterday.

9 May 2013 - 6:08am

English law brings end to 'libel tourism'

Arnold Schwarzenegger

London's reputation as the defamation capital of the world is poised to end after the enactment of a law that strengthens the position of respondents and puts a virtual end to so-called libel tourism. Powerful foreigners - Russian oligarchs, Arab oil magnates and large corporations - have often brought libel cases against authors, journalists, academics, scientists and bloggers based on the most tenuous of links to England.

27 Apr 2013 - 3:27am

Japan court orders Google to drop word suggestions after man 'defamed'

Andy Rubin, Google senior vice president, speaks at the New Economy Summit in Tokyo. Photo: AFP

A court in Japan has ordered Google to delink words in its autocomplete function to prevent the search engine suggesting criminal acts when users type one man's name. Monday's ruling by the Tokyo District Court was the first time a court in Japan has ordered the search giant to alter this aspect of its algorithm, said Hiroyuki Tomita, a lawyer for the plaintiff.

17 Apr 2013 - 1:27am

Head of Wah Yan College 'too busy' to defame teacher

George Tam, principal of Wah Yan College. Photo: SCMP

The headmaster of an elite school has claimed his job did not leave him enough free time to defame subordinates, while denying allegations made by a teacher.

George Tam Siu-ping, principal of Wah Yan College on Hong Kong Island, told the District Court the defamation suit was the result of a misunderstanding.

16 Mar 2013 - 4:53am 1 comment

Rebut, yet don't chill free speech

Leung Chun-ying. Photo: AFP

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying has demanded through his lawyers that a newspaper retract an article which he says defamed him. This has prompted demands that, instead, Leung should withdraw the lawyer's letter. Leung has said that while he has always respected freedom of speech and of the press, the article contained allegations of relations with triads that had to be taken seriously.

9 Feb 2013 - 2:57am 16 comments

First hearing in Zhang Ziyi vs Boxun defamation lawsuit 'vacated'

Originally set to take place tomorrow, no new date for the hearing has been scheduled, says Boxun's founder.

23 Jan 2013 - 12:32pm

City Digest, January 9, 2013

TV actor Oscar Leung Lit-wai has asked a court to strike out a lawsuit filed by restaurant boss Kenny Wee Ho in which Wee alleged that Leung had made defamatory remarks.

9 Jan 2013 - 6:23am

Briefs, December 23, 2012

Secretary for Food and Health Dr Ko Wing-man said yesterday that the government was mulling whether to review the law to better monitor cooking oil companies.

23 Dec 2012 - 4:55am

Rice trader Olam International fights back over Muddy Waters' claims

Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Sunny Verghese of Olam International Limited. Photo: Reuters

Olam International, whose shares have fallen 9.5 per cent since short seller Carson Block said it might fail, has sued him for defamation. He responded with a 133-page report that called the commodity trader an emperor with no clothes.

4 Dec 2012 - 3:10am

Philippine mayor sues activist over Facebook posting

Mayor Carlito Pentecostes Jnr

The operations of two mining firms with Chinese investors in a remote Philippines seaside town have triggered the first defamation lawsuit by a government official over postings about him on Facebook.

26 Nov 2012 - 4:05am

Who said it?

Ellinah Wamukoya

All leaders are ordained by God. It is not like any other post where you apply. Here God calls you and you respond to that call

Ellinah Wamukoya, Africa's first woman Anglican bishop


This crazy woman who always uses her Facebook [account] to attack me and tell lies

26 Nov 2012 - 2:58am

London Mayor Boris Johnson welcomes litigious Russian oligarchs

London Mayor Boris Johnson

London Mayor Boris Johnson urged Russia's oligarchs to sue each other in the city's courts, in contradiction of the government's policy of discouraging "libel tourism".

"If one oligarch feels defamed by another oligarch, it is London's lawyers who apply the necessary balm to the ego," Johnson told the Confederation of British Industry's annual conference in London on Monday.

21 Nov 2012 - 3:05am

BBC pays HK$2.23m to Alistair McAlpine over defamation

The BBC will pay a former British politician £185,000 (HK$2.23 million) in damages over a news report that led to him being falsely accused of child sex abuse.

17 Nov 2012 - 2:32am

BBC in damage control on false report

The head of the BBC admitted yesterday it faced a "crisis of trust" after its flagship news programme wrongly implicated a British politician in child sex abuse, just weeks after the Jimmy Savile scandal broke.

11 Nov 2012 - 6:38am