Leung daughter threatens to sue foreign media over online posts

October 10, 2014 18:18
Leung Chai-yan has made several controversial remarks on social media. Photo: Facebook

Leung Chai-yan, the daughter of Hong Kong's Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, has threatened to take legal action against a number of foreign news publications for “defamatory articles” on her controversial remarks.

“Unless you removed your defamatory articles and issued public apologies, I shall have no option left other than to take legal action and sue you for libel. I have warned you,” she said on her Facebook account on Friday.

She mentioned some of publications, including NextShark.com, The Business Insider, The Daily Mail, The National Post, Coconuts Hong Kong, and Huffington Post UK.

In her post, she said “defamation” is one topic that she studied and is most familiar with.

The daughter also warned that police will go after those who are defaming or committing online identity theft and fraud.

Chai-yan issued the threat after media published some controversial remarks she made on social media, including one where she bragged about her fabulous taxpayer-funded life.

“Yes -- funded by all you HK taxpayers!! So are all my beautiful shoes and dresses and clutches!! Thank you so much!!” the Hong Kong Economic Journal quoted her as saying in a post on her Facebook account.

The Hong Kong leader's daughter has also taken issue with protesters calling for her father's ouster, the report said.

“I have left the Government House secretly with a mask, and I passed Central,” she said in another post. “Hit me if you can recognize me and have the guts to do so.” The post was later removed.

She also mocked netizens who blasted her remarks, saying most of them were “laid-off” and “their English is not good enough to challenge me”.

“I can post whatever I want,” she added.

[Leung Chai-yan's facebook page]

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