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Blogging & Defamation Laws Forum

November 1st, 2008 · No Comments

Last Thursday, I have attended a seminar organised by the KL Bar Committee entitled “Blogging & Defamation Law Forum”.

During the welcoming speech, the chairman of the IT committee of the KL Bar, Richard Wee, said the main purpose of organising this Forum is to educate the general public, especially the growing community of bloggers, about their rights under the law, so that they know what to write and what ought no to write in their blog. He hopes through this Forum, bloggers could gain the knowledge of drawing the line between freedom of speech and defamation.

There were about 80 to 100 attendees turned up on that day. The said number will be greater should the organiser use the right strategy in promoting the Forum. (more effort should be spent in reaching out to the bloggersphere instead of legal community). 

The 1st speaker was Nizam Bashir, who is practising in Malacca. Nizam started by giving an overview of cases against bloggers in Malaysia. He further explained about the laws which bloggers need to know, especially defemation law, what is considered defamatory and what is not.

Followed by Foong Cheng Leong, who is a young lawyer practising in one of the largest law firm in KL, were sharing about the precaution manners to
avoid in any law suits. He also shared about his experience of being threatened to be sued against one of his blog post by another blogger. I found his advice was practical which comes from his real life experience.

Mr Foong has also generously allowed me to share his power point presentation slide show here for the benefit of those who couldn’t attend the Forum. 

As mentioned in my previous post, Jeff Ooi, the blogger become member of parliament, was also one of the panel speakers. This previous full time blogger seems to be a hilarious speaker. He related blogging to sex. Amongst other, he said “blogging is unlike having sex, you must do it with your eye open!”. His making loving thing just went on and on…hahaha!

Of course, he has also shared with us about may of his invaluable blogging experience.


“Jeff Ooi & eLawyer Team”

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