Businessman Chau Chak Wing awarded $590,000 in defamation case against ABC | ABC News

Chinese-Australian businessman Chau Chak Wing has been awarded $590,000 after a judge found he was defamed by Four Corners.
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The philanthropist sued in the Federal Court over a 2017 Four Corners episode, “Power and Influence” — a joint investigation with Fairfax Media — which has since been bought by Nine Entertainment Co.

Dr Chau, who is an Australian citizen, claimed the program carried six defamatory imputations including that he “betrayed” his country through espionage, is a member of China’s Communist Party and made enormous donations to influence politicians.

Justice Steven Rares today ruled in favour of Dr Chau and awarded $590,000 in damages.

He also awarded costs against the ABC and ordered the broadcaster to remove parts of the episode from online platforms.

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