$10,000 for defamatory Facebook posts
High Court Judge A.L.B. Brito-Mutunayagam today ordered Mr Emosi Radrodro to pay $10,000 to Mrs Ellen Whippy Knight, the director of Fiji Fashion Week, together with court costs of $2,500.
Judge Brito-Mutunayagam concluded that some of Mr Radrodro’s social media postings in March 2015 were defamatory toward Mrs Knight.
Mr Radrodro had posted on his Facebook page “Prince Amoz Radroradro”, and profile “Amoz Walsh Radrodro”, and the court ruled that the “sting of the libel” was that Mrs Whippy was a “pimp” who connected models of her company to wealthy clients.
However, he did not find any statements defamatory against Fiji Fashion Week Ltd, the first plaintiff.
Brito-Mutunayagam: “The postings I have found to libellous have been accessed by a substantial number of people, as evident from the interactions made.”
The judge highlighted the “Likes” and “Shares” Mr Radrodro’s postings had made.
Brito-Mutunayagam: “The defendant took up the position that the source of his information was Joseph Raga and several others, they made the accusations.”
The court concluded that the publication by a defendant of a material of which he was not the first author did not absolve against liabilities.