Libel/slanders suits : Is it progress if a cannibal uses a knife and fork?

Posted On 22/01/2007

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After going through the wiki articles on slander and libel , I notice it is a good guidelines to distinguish a hooligans country vs first world country.

Some might argues that a South East Asian country should exempt from the hooligans list, since the country are high efficient on both economic, efficiency; while the state university enjoying high international ranking.

Polish Poet and and aphorist, Stanisław Jerzy Lec say in his poet, “is it an improvement when a cannibal uses a fork?”. The argument does not lies on the efficiency of the fork, but the mentality of cannibalism.

In dictatorship country, where the leader are worship as God-alike, citizen will be jail for simple libel definition such “dis-respect the leader”. Using China Cultural revolution as example, a “disrespect” verdict can be derive by tearing of little red book, to the extend of abstract definition such as art painting e.g. shedding of maple leaves will derives with the meaning of downfall of the leader (where the Mao is symbolize in red ).

While recently, in Zimbabwe, “insulting the President” is, by statute, (Public Order and Security Act 2001) is a criminal offense.

While the famous McLibel case has though us something, the humanity is never progress in straight line. Like the defamation terms derive by the Mao-era, the case has put burden of proof on the defendant. But not all hope is lost, as European Court of Human Rights(ECHR) has noted certain aspect of the case has violates the Convention on Human Rights, order the UK government to pay £57,000 to the McLibel two and criticism on the oppressive native of UK libels law (also practiced by country like Malaysia and Singapore).

excerpt from wikipedia :
ECHR criticised the way in which UK laws had failed to protect the public right to criticise corporations whose business practices affect people’s lives and the environment (which violates Article 10) and criticised the biased nature of the trial due to the defendants’ lack of legal aid, the complex and oppressive nature of the UK libel laws, and the imbalance in resources between the parties to the case (which violates Article 6).

There is one important lesson we must learn from the McLibel lawsuit, a corporation/entities can easily shuts and crush individual criticism with unfair advantages with resources many times greater than the defendants. In worst case, the corporation/entities can easily bankrupts the defendants with continuity of lawsuit (continue appeal lawsuit to keep it going).

Polish Poet and and aphorist, Stanisław Jerzy Lec say in his poet, “is it an improvement when a cannibal uses a fork?”. The argument does not lies on the efficiency of the fork, but the mentality of cannibalism.

Without fairness of trial, rich and resourceful entities can easily cannibalize the defendant by wearing out them.

One Response to “Libel/slanders suits : Is it progress if a cannibal uses a knife and fork?”

  1. freelunch2020

    i feel it’s a matter of the rich n powerful suppressing the weak lor@@ typical case in bolehland~~~what are they gonna do next? sue a 16-yr-old later?? childish…just reply to the bloggers’ views as mature adults la

    moo_t : History told us that, “immediate beneficial parties” always refuse to admit others are more mature compare to them

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