Billionaire sues Fairfax for defamation

June 12, 2018

Journalist John Garnaut and Fairfax are being sued by a billionaire who says an article defamed him.

Chinese Australian billionaire Chau Chak Wing was defamed by Fairfax Media in a 2015 online article which he suggested he had bribed UN officials, a Sydney judge has been told.

The article, written by John Garnaut, also conveyed the meaning that Dr Chau built his Australian business empire by making illicit payments to government officials, his barrister Bruce McClintock SC said on Tuesday in his opening address.

Dr Chau has begun giving evidence in the Federal Court in his defamation case against Fairfax and the journalist over the online article, which Mr McClintock said was also published days later in print but with the "offending" parts taken out.

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