Friday, August 04, 2006

Chen Tangfa wins suit against blog in China

A Chinese journalism professor has won a lawsuit against a blog hosting site that refused to remove remarks criticizing him by one of its users, state media said Friday, Aug. 4.

It was believed to be the first time that a person in China has sued a blog host for defamation. Winning shows "personal dignity outweighs freedom of speech," the professor, Chen Tangfa, was quoted as saying by the official Xinhua News Agency.

The site,, was ordered to pay Chen 1,000 yuan ($126) in damages and post a formal apology on its home page in a ruling handed down Wednesday by a court in the eastern city of Nanjing, Xinhua said.

Blogcn had argued it had no right to delete the comments from the blog, but a spokesman, Fang Huaifeng, was quoted by Xinhua on Friday as saying it would now review every complaint received and delete material deemed offensive.

The posted comments, apparently


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