Malaysia defamation case: 100 apologies on Twitter

Updated: 2011-06-02 16:55
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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - A Malaysian social activist says he has to apologize 100 times on Twitter as part of an unusual settlement with a magazine publisher in a defamation case.

The penalty comes after Fahmi Fadzil tweeted in January that his pregnant friend had been poorly treated by her employers at a magazine run by BluInc Media.

Fahmi's lawyer, Syahredzan Johan, said Thursday that BluInc's lawyers sent Fahmi a letter demanding unspecified financial damages for defamation and an apology in newspapers.

Syahredzan said Fahmi settled the case by agreeing to apologize 100 times over three days on Twitter, where he has more than 4,200 followers.

Syahredzan declined to say who suggested the terms.

BluInc's legal firm said the lawyer handling the case could not immediately be contacted.