*** "IN PRACTICE
it does not provide a remedy for ordinary citizens, who cannot generally bring criminal
defamation cases . . . such laws are a mechanism which is used by politicians and senior
public officials . . . It is fundamentally unacceptable. Its abused by the powerful
as a means of self protection."
(International colloquium of editors, senior journalists, lawyers and
human rights representatives calling for elimination of criminal defamation laws in order
to protect journalists at a two-day conference on Freedom of Expression at Colombo, Sri
*** "WE BELIEVE that no journalist should be jailed
for what he or she writes."
(New York based Committee to Protect Journalists letter to
Malaysian prime minister on the jailing of Canadian journalist, Murray Hiebert for
discusssing the growing number of defamation suits in the country in his article titled,
"See you in court")
*** "HE RETURNED the bottle to the shop saying it was
ineffective and got a refund."
(Newsreport about an unidentified man in Nagoda, Sri Lankan whose
attempt to commit suicide by drinking pesticide was foiled by doctors)
*** "I DONT really think I would really be doing
this if it wasnt for the fact I had access to Pakistans hand embroidery
skills it is the main point of my clothes."
(Jemima Khan, wife of former test cricketer Imran Khan, exhibiting her
fashion clothing for the first time at London fashion show, the largest in Europe)
*** "IT IS a fact that the KGB recruited two employees
at Buckingham Palace from the mid-sixties to the mid-seventies."
(London Sunday Mirrors report that the Soviet spy agency KGB had
two agents to keep an eye on Queen and they installed a listening device which allowed the
agency to hear Queens conversations with visting dignitaries)
*** "TAKE, FOR example, someone who is unemployed. He
cant afford much. But in this way, he will be able to buy a nice present for his
(Spokeswoman of Berlin-based utility company Ares Energie which is
offering free television sets to customers if they buy electricity for at least two years)
*** "AS EARLY as January this year [I had] said that
the BJP shall push the country into a war with Pakistan just before the next general
elections . . . [BJP] has a hidden agenda . . . they will ride roughshod all
over the country."
(Leader of opposition Congress and the chief minister of Madhya
Pardesh, Digvijay Singh, accusing the ruling BJP party for instigating the Kargil conflict
as a end to win an electoral victory)
*** "THE ECONOMIC and financial problems in Third
World nations have their roots in corruption. Grossly overpriced contracts, public assets
sold below market value and insider trading by corporate bosses are common."
(A letter to Time magazine suggesting setting up of an international
corruption tribunal for prosecuting government and corporate leaders to ensure that the
finances of developing countries are protected)
*** "INDEED, NOT even all the women inmates imprisoned
for thievery all over the land can beat Madame Imelda stealing alone . . . This is really
a cross-examiners dream making them account for all their properties all over the
world. So they can make my day."
(Rene Saguisag, columnist of Philippine Daily Today, welcoming the
libel filed by widow of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos, Imelda and her youngest daughter
for calling Marcoses the world-class kleptocrats)
*** "WIRANTO YOU are scum. We are people and not
targets for shooting."
(Students waving posters slamming Indonesian military chief General
Wiranto at a candlelight vigil held in Jakarta for seven persons killed in two days of
demonstrations against a new security bill)
*** "THE KASHMIRIS think the LoC [Line of Control] is
a line of blood, we dont recognise its sanctity as it has divided the Kashmiris . .
. If India and Pakistan want to reach an agreement it should not be at our cost."
(Abdul Ghani Lone, leader of pro-independence All Parties Hurriyat
Conference of Indian held Kashmir, rejecting any agreement about long unsettled Kashmir
dispute between India and Pakistan without taking Kashmiris into confidence)
Edited by Syed M. Aslam