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For highlighting information about human rights violations suffered by 31 Burmese Migrant Workers who were working at Asahi Kosei(M) Sdn Bhd, in Charles Hector Blog, HR Defender, Charles Hector, has been sued for RM10 million by the said company.

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Monday, 11 April 2011

Firm gets injunction against activist (New Straits Times, 11/4/2011)

SHAH ALAM: Japanese multinational corporation Asahi Kosei Sdn Bhd yesterday obtained an interim injunction from the High Court here restraining human rights activist Charles Hector Fernandez from highlighting the plight of its migrant workers from Myanmar in his blog posts. 

Judge Datuk Lim Yee Lan granted the injunction in chambers pending the hearing of a defamation suit filed by Asahi Kosei demanding a compensation of RM10 million from Fernandez, who is also a lawyer.

Lim also dismissed Fernandez's application to set aside the ex-parte injunction granted on Asahi Kosei on Feb 17.

The company was represented by counsel John Fam, Freeda Santhiago and Tan Tai Hwa. Counsel Francis Pereira and Sharmini Thiruchelvam appeared for Hector.

Pereira told reporters that the court made the decision on the grounds that bloggers could not claim the same defences claimed by the media.

On Feb 14, Asahi Kosei sued Fernandez for allegedly defaming the company in his blog at

It claimed that Fernandez had maliciously published the six entries between Feb 8 and 13 which contained false statements, resulting in the company's clients demanding an explanation over the blog entries. -- Bernama - New Straits Times, 11/4/2011,Firm gets injunction against activist

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