Imtiaz banned January 20, 2007Posted by elizabethwong in Human Rights, Malaysia, Politics.
The NST and individuals in senior positions with the newspaper are suing Jeff Ooi. I am one of the lawyers representing Jeff. I was informed by the NST yesterday that it will not be running my column until the case has been brought to an end. I do not understand the reasoning underlying this decision but of course accept it as it is for the NST to decide who writes for it. (MIS)
What the NST has essentially told Imtiaz is, “Sorry mate. Maybe check with us in 2017.”Because that’s how long an average civil suit takes to wrap up.
Dictating to its columnists on how they should conduct themselves in their day-jobs (in this case, choice of clients) is quite unheard of.
Isn’t content more important than form? Obviously not, for the NST.
Will showing Imtiaz the door secure a win for the NST? It’s doubtful. Judges do read his pieces and view them favourably. So, another own-goal for NST. Calling this bad PR is an understatement.