The Mercury

Paying for his Tweeting sins

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KUALA LUMPUR: A Malaysian social activist had apologised 100 times on Twitter in an unusual settlement with a magazine publisher in a defamation case, his lawyer said yesterday.

The penalty has sparked debate among internet users about the pitfalls of social media in Malaysia, where authoritie­s have repeatedly warned people to be more cautious about what they write on blogs, Facebook and Twitter.

Fahmi Fadzil, an opposition politician's aide and respected commentato­r on social issues, claimed on Twitter in January that his pregnant friend had been poorly treated by her employers at a magazine run by BluInc Media.

Fahmi wrote an apology to BluInc on Twitter a few hours after making that allegation, but the company’s lawyers later sent him a letter demanding unspecifie­d financial damages for defamation and another apology in major newspapers, said Fahmi’s lawyer, Syahredzan Johan.

Syahredzan said Fahmi settled the case by agreeing to apologise 100 times over three days on Twitter, where he has more than 4 200 followers. Johan declined to say who suggested the terms.– Sapa-AP

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