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Bloggers fined over libelous posting

TWIN bloggers have been ordered to pay nearly 290,000 yuan (US$42,460) in compensation to the widow of the late film director Xie Jin, after they claimed he died while having sex with a prostitute.

The compensation includes 200,000 yuan for mental anguish, which exceeds the usual rate of 50,000 yuan.

The defendants, Song Zude and Liu Xinda, were also ordered by Jing'an District People's Court to publish an apology on a number of news Websites and newspapers to restore Xie's reputation.

Xie's 83-year-old wife, Xu Dawen, attended yesterday's verdict and said she was satisfied with the result.

The defendants, who were both absent today, claimed through their lawyer that they would appeal against the verdict.


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