PHI Shopping Mall has sued Daily Nation claiming damages for libel over a story which was published on September 26 alleging that it had become an unsafe mall.
In a statement of claim dated October 20, 2017, African Brothers Corporation Limited, which trades as PHI Shopping Mall, stated that the article titled ‘PHI Shopping Mall not safe anymore’ was false.
“The Plaintiff will aver and will contend that the Article (in particular the title) is false and constitutes grave libel on PHI Shopping Mall and its management, and the said words were published with the knowledge that they were libel or with reckless disregard as to whether or not they were libel,” PHI Mall stated.
“In consequence, the reputation of PHI Shopping Mall has been undoubtedly been disparaged and has been brought into public odium, ridicule and contempt in the estimation of right-thinking members of society generally causing considerable loss of business.”
PHI Mall stated that Daily Nation had ignored a retraction demand letter which was served on it.
PHI Mall is also seeking an order compelling Daily Nation to retract the defamatory words in two editions, an injunction restraining the newspaper from publishing further derogatory material and any other relief the court might deem fit.