Jothy’s Fish Head Curry sues Blogger SixthSeal & Google for Defamation
Just saw this on twitter:
Google, blogger sued by fish head curry restaurant operator in KK
Jothy’s Fish Head Curry restaurant director Tharumaraj Sivaperumal filed a RM6mil civil suit at the Kota Kinabalu High Court here Monday, naming blogger Poh Huai Bin as first defendant and California-based Google Inc as second defendant.
The suit is arising from some allegedly defamatory statements about Jothy’s Fish Head Curry restaurant posted in May last year by Poh, originally from Sibu in Sarawak and now residing in Kuala Lumpur.
Jothy’s is also seeking an order from the court to remove the offending articles from Google and other popular search engines used on the Internet.
As a result of the defendants’ action, the plaintiff claimed it had suffered loss and damage, and its reputation had been affected both locally and internationally.
Source : TheStar Online
So apparently Huai Bin @ Sixthseal wrote about how he didn’t like the food in Jothy’s in his blogpost (way back in May 2010 mind you) even though it is recommended in Lonely Planet. In his words he called it “The Worst Fish Head Curry and Banana Leaf Restaurant in the Known Universe” and “a tourist trap. Avoid it like a bad case of herpes.”
His post – http://www.sixthseal.com/2010/05/jothys-fish-head-curry-banana-leaf-restaurant.html – is currently down (and/or a bit slow). You can get his post in Google cache here – http://bit.ly/gWJKeW
If that is a bit slow, I also have a screenshot of the post with images below. Click for a bigger pic (thx april!)
Edit : Just realized the screenshot wasn’t complete. Fixed.
Update to this issue : Google to retain ‘offensive’ contents on fish head curry outlet
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