Update: Ming Pao cleared in defamation case as ruling overturned

Nov 18, 2015

by Doreen Weisenhaus with contributions by Rick Glofcheski and Yan Mei Ning (Expanded Second Edition, Hong Kong University Press 2014)

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. Appeals court Vice-President Mr Justice Johnson Lam Man-hon wrote: “Though the article could be regarded as aggressive or even provocative, we are of the firm view that Ming Pao has established a defence of public interest…and the choice of wording and presentation of material was within (the bounds of) editorial judgment.”

For the rest of the SCMP story, see here (registration required).

Full court decision here.