S$44,846.07 raised on second day of TOC editor-in-chief’s crowdfunding campaign for defamation damages – The Online Citizen Asia

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TOC editor-in-chief Terry Xu has raised S$44,846.07 in donations through his crowdfunding campaign as of 3pm, Thursday (2 Sep) for damages from the defamation suit filed by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

The amount, contributed by 288 people, is 21.35 per cent of the S$210,000 awarded to the Prime Minister by the High Court.

The court on Wednesday (1 Sep) awarded S$210,000 in damages to PM Lee in his civil libel lawsuit against Mr Xu.

The S$210,000 comprises S$160,000 in general damages and S$50,000 in aggravated damages.

The writer of the article was separately sued by PM Lee. Mr Xu was not named as a defendant in the separate lawsuit.

For the suit against the writer of the article titled “PM Lee’s wife, Ho Ching weirdly shares article on cutting ties with family members“, Justice Audrey Lim awarded S$160,000 in general damages to PM Lee.

However, Justice Lim ruled that PM Lee should not be doubly compensated as the defamation pertained to the same article.

Thus, the judge said both Mr Xu and the writer of the article should be held “jointly and severally liable” for damages amounting to S$160,000.

This means that PM Lee can claim only S$160,000 from the both.

Mr Xu is also required to pay S$50,000 in aggravated damages to PM Lee.

PM Lee’s lawyers had previously stated in their closing submissions for the defamation suit against Mr Xu that damages awarded in previous defamation cases involving government ministers in Singapore fell within the range of S$100,000 to S$400,000.

Legal costs and fees pertaining to the suit will be determined at a later date.

Mr Xu in a Facebook post earlier on Wednesday said that he is using activist Roy Yi Ling Ngerng’s fundraising tracking system “as it is more transparent and clear to the donors”.

“I would like to express my sincere appreciation to all those who have donated and pledged to do so. And also thank you for all the encouraging and supportive messages that have been sent so far.

“My view on the defamation suits, including those before mine, is that Singapore politicians have to realise the era of intimidation through the use of lawsuits and bankrupting their opponents is over,” said Mr Xu.

The donations that have been coming in since 12pm on Wednesday, range from S$1.00 to S$3,333.

Those keen on contributing to the fundraiser can donate through the following channels.

For those who wish to drop cash instead of making a transfer, you can drop the amount at 20 Maxwell Rd, #09-17 Maxwell House, Singapore 069113.

While Mr Xu will not be present at the office, the receptionist at the office will pass you a cash receipt upon acceptance. The amount will then be passed over to him.

Please note the opening hours between Monday and Friday. More information is available here.

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