15 May '18, 3am

Malaysia's TV3 ordered to pay RM1.1 million to Anwar in defamation suit

KUALA LUMPUR: A Malaysian High Court on Monday (May 14) ordered a local TV station to pay a total of RM1.1 million (US$278,000) in damages to Anwar Ibrahim after finding that it had defamed him in a news report linking him as one of the masterminds in the Lahad Datu intrusion in Sabah, five years ago. Judge Ahmad Zaidi Ibrahim, in allowing Anwar’s suit, said TV3 had failed to practise responsible journalism when it did not seek verification on the authenticity of the news before airing it in its Buletin Utama news programme on Mar 2, 2013. Advertisement The court also found that there was malice on TV3’s part for broadcasting the news, which was purely based on a report by Utusan Melayu Berhad. Ahmad Zaidi said despite Utusan admitting that its report was false and had no basis, TV3’s CEO was still adamant not to settle the suit. Lahad Datu, a town in Sabah, was invaded in...

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