Lynas withdraws suit against news portal

KUALA LUMPUR: A defamation suit between Lynas and an online news portal, Free Malaysia Today (FMT), is settled.

Lynas Corporation Ltd of Sydney, Australia and Lynas Malaysia Sdn Bhd yesterday withdrew their suit against the operator of FMT, Mtoday News Sdn Bhd, after the news portal published an apology last week.

Counsel Rueben Mathiavaranam, who acted for FMT, said Lynas withdrew the suit as part of the settlement and FMT had also given an undertaking not to further publish anti-Lynas statements on its website.

"Among other terms are no damages to be payable and the three articles to be removed from the website."

High Court judge Datuk Nor Bee Ariffin recorded the terms of settlement in chambers yesterday and made no order as to costs.

Lynas was represented by counsel Rishwant Singh.

FMT had on July 17 apologised over its reports that the Lynas rare earth plant may be unsafe.

In a one-paragraph statement on its website, FMT had said: "We refer to the articles previously published by us which claim that the Lynas plant may be unsafe. We apologise for these publications as such claims do not have a scientific basis. The regulatory review of the Lynas plant has been thorough and diligent."

Resource: The New Straits Times, Page: 4
Date: Saturday, 28 July 2012

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