3 Defamation


May 23, 2016 (South China Morning Post) — Next Magazine was fined HK$3 million by the High Court for defaming a mainland manufacturer of a herbal shampoo that was once advertised by film star Jackie Chan. The fine was less than 0.5 per cent of the record HK$630 million in damages that BaWang International was seeking. Judge David Lok Kai-hong reduced the amount, saying the court had to ensure the damages awarded would not be an...

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November 20, 2015 (Hong Kong Free Press) — Asia Television Limited (ATV) and its former executive director James Shing Pan-yu have been ordered to pay Ricky Wong Wai-kay HK$1.3 million in damages by the High Court, following a defamation lawsuit. In 2012, as Ricky Wong was applying for a free-to-air licence for Hong Kong Television Network Limited (HKTV), Shing accused Wong of stealing confidential documents from ATV during...

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Nov. 18, 2015 (South China Morning Post) — Chinese-language newspaper Ming Pao was cleared of defaming the vice-chairman of the Hong Kong Football Association in an editorial after the Court of Appeal ruled the paper made its comments in the public interest. The Court of Appeal overturned a jury’s verdict that found that Ming Pao had defamed Pui Kwan-kay by alleging that he was incapable of managing the association....

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October 28, 2015 (Hong Kong Free Press) — Three companies under the Oriental Press Group (OPG), parent company of the newspapers Oriental Daily and The Sun, are suing Google for libelous content on its websites. Oriental Press Group Limited, Oriental Daily Publisher Limited and The Sun News Publisher Limited have filed three separate lawsuits against blogspot.hk and groups.google.com. Two lawsuits relate to allegedly libelous...

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February 12, 2015 (Deacons) — In the recent case of Jigme Tsewang Athoup v Brightec Ltd & Anor, Hong Kong’s High Court (Court of First Instance) held that “reportage” is available in Hong Kong to a journalist or publisher, as a defence to an action for defamation.  Reportage is the neutral reporting of the fact that statements have been made by and which are attributed to another person, not the reporting of statements as a...

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Oct. 30, 2014 — A Hong Kong court has granted permission to Google to appeal against an earlier ruling that Hong Kong has jurisdiction to hear entertainment tycoon Albert Yeung Sau-shing’s defamation lawsuit against the US technology giant. The judge ruled that the tech giant’s libel fight with Yeung should go to a higher court to bring ‘enlightenment’ to an ‘uneasy area’ of defamation law....

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