Journalism 101: Do not report on a story that has been reported by foreign press?
(MalaysiaKini) Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud yesterday served malaysiakini with the writ of summons of his defamation suit over a series of articles on his alleged involvement in a timber kickbacks scandal.
The 30-page summons, naming malaysiakini and its editor-in-chief Steven Gan, listed the series of articles which carried the allegedly defamatory remarks.
The stories were themselves based on an earlier report by the Japan Times.
In addition to malaysiakini and Gan, Taib has also said that he would similarly sue Umno-owned Utusan Malaysia and its group editor-in-chief Mohd Khalid Mohd for defamation.
Two opposition leaders - PKR state chief Wan Zainal Wan Sanusi and the party’s Stampin branch chief See Chee How - have also been sued for distributing leaflets containing articles from malaysiakini and Japan Times. They were served the summons today.
In his affidavit that accompanied the suit, Taib “categorically and completely” refuted the allegations and described them as “absolutely false”.
Taib said that the malaysiakini reports implied that he was corrupt, and that he was unfit to be the Sarawak chief minister, a member of parliament, or to hold the office of president of Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu.
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