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TT Durai to pay legal costs in NKF defamation suit against SPH

The lawyers representing Singapore Press Holdings and National Kidney Foundation met in court this morning (15 July 2005) to settle the issue of costs arising from the withdrawal of the defamation suit against SPH and The Straits Times senior writer Susan Long.

The following is a summary of developments concerning the issue of costs:

  1. During cross-examination in court on Tuesday, 12 July 2005, T T Durai informed Justice Tan Lee Meng that Durai would be withdrawing the libel suits brought by the National Kidney Foundation and him against Singapore Press Holdings Ltd and Susan Long.
  2. On Wednesday, 13 July 2005, SPH’s lawyers asked the court to order that:

    • NKF and Durai are not to start any legal action against SPH or Long over the same matter.
    • NKF and Durai are not to suggest that Long’s article contains anything which is untrue.
    • NKF funds are not to be used for legal costs, and that the costs are to be borne by Durai and/or the NKF Board members.
    • NKF and Durai asked for time to consider SPH’s conditions.
  3. On 15 July 2005, NKF’s lawyers informed the Court that Durai would pay the defendants’ legal costs. The Court also ordered NKF and Durai not to start any legal action over the same matter and not to suggest that Ms Long’s article is untrue.

Issued by Singapore Press Holdings
15 July 2005

For more information, please contact:

Irene Ngoo
Vice President
Corporate Relations
Singapore Press Holdings
DID: 6319 1216

About Singapore Press Holdings
Main board listed Singapore Press Holdings Limited is the leading media company in Singapore, in the print, Internet and broadcasting platforms. It publishes 13 newspapers in the four official languages and more than 70 magazine titles. Everyday, 2.78 million individuals, or 90 per cent of people above 15 years old, read one of the SPH publications. Its Internet Business Unit manages the online editions of SPH’s major newspapers and magazines, which together enjoy over 250 million pageviews a month. SPH also owns a 20% stake in MediaCorp TV Holdings Pte Ltd, which operates free-to-air channels 5, 8, U and TV Mobile, and a 40% stake in MediaCorp Press Pte Ltd, which publishes free newspaper Today. It also operates two entertainment radio channels, UFM 100.3 FM in Chinese and WKRZ 91.3 FM in English, under a joint venture company UnionWorks with NTUC Media.