Defamation charges brought against Wikipedia have been dismissed by a US court.
The claims that an entry on the site about literary agent Barbara Bauer was defamatory were thrown out after it was rule that those making defamatory comments are responsible and not the forum on which they were made.
A court in Kuala Lumpur has ordered the editor of Malaysian online newspaper
Malaysia Today to reveal the identity of commenters, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has reported.
Editor Raja Petra Kamarudin has also been told to remove three articles after libel proceedings were brought against him by lawyer
Datuk Muhammad Shafee Abdullah.
Abdullah is suing the editor over the articles and comments, which claimed he was responsible for ‘trumped up charges’ in a recent lawsuit against a politician in the country.
RSF has condemned the court order and has called for its withdrawal.
“The court order is invalid as it is only effective in Malaysia and Malaysia Today is hosted on a server in the United States. This should be taken up with a US court,” the organisation said.
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