Update: Oriental Press Group sues Google for libelous content

Oct 28, 2015

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

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 content posted by five users on the websites on February 28, 2014 and March 31, 2014, Oriental Daily reported.

The third lawsuit is in relation to potentially libelous content displayed on google.com.hk since April 8 this year. The case refers to instances when internet users search for the words “white powder newspaper” – where white powder means heroin – in Chinese, Apple Daily reported….Oriental Daily co-founder Ma Sik-chun was charged in 1977 for conspiracy to import opium into Hong Kong between 1967 and 1973, according to the Narcotics Division of the government’s Security Bureau. Ma was smuggled out of Hong Kong to Taiwan on being released on bail. Ma died in Taiwan in June 2015.

For rest of Hong Kong Free Press story, see here.