The firm has been ranked in Tier 1 for our media law practice among Malaysian law firms for 5 years in a row, namely in the 2016 – 2020 editions of Media Law International, which stated that the firm “leads the market”. This publication is the exclusive guide to leading media law firms around the world, providing comprehensive coverage of firms and practitioners with media law expertise, across 56 jurisdictions. We have also been highly recommended by AsiaLaw Profiles 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2018 for the practice area of media law. In addition, the 2015 editions of Asia Pacific Legal 500 and Chambers Asia Pacific commended us for our significant expertise in media law cases.
Warren Buffett famously said “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and 5 minutes to ruin it”.
Our firm has always prioritised the protection of our clients’ reputations whilst balancing this protection with the importance of freedom of expression. Our experience in dealing with media-related cases allows us to give our clients a realistic assessment of their case so that decisions can be made swiftly and confidently. We also value the need to balance journalistic and artistic expression with any potential exposure to lawsuits.
Our lawyers have been involved in numerous defamation cases in Malaysia and have acted for prominent individuals and renowned publications in various media-law related suits. We provide advice and court representation in matters involving libel and slander, malicious falsehood and contempt of court. Our work encompasses traditional media, online publications, social media platforms and radio broadcastings.
We have conducted cases involving both print media as well as internet media; as a matter of fact, we acted in one of the first few reported internet defamation actions in Malaysia, whereby we successfully obtained a court order for disclosure of the identities of the wrongdoers. In 2015 – 2017, we successfully acted for The Edge Media Group against the Minister of Home Affairs in an application for judicial review arising from our client’s publication of articles on the IMDB scandal. This was a matter of wide-scale public interest.
Our media practice group works together with our Technology, Multimedia & Telecommunications team which provides advice on, inter alia, the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 and emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence and e-commerce. We also advise clients who enter into long-term advertising agreements with advertising agencies including advising on online advertising and content.
Furthermore, our firm provides advice in reputation management and privacy protection, assisting our clients to manage and mitigate their reputation risks and protect their corporate brand and reputation. We work together with our clients to refine their responses in crisis management with a view towards ensuring that successful relationships are maintained.