Jun 15, 2020 · MANILA, Philippines -- An award-winning journalist critical of the Philippine president was convicted of libel and sentenced to jail Monday in a decision called a major blow to press freedom in an Asian bastion of democracy.
Philippine Journalist Maria Ressa Found Guilty Of Violating Cyber Libel Law The government has also jailed thousands of suspected violators and protesters of a lockdown to contain the rapid spread Under Article 353 of the Philippines Revised Penal Code, libel is defined as “a public and malicious imputation of a crime, or of a vice or defect, real or imaginary, or any act, omission, condition, status or circumstance tending to cause dishonor, discredit or contempt of a natural or juridical person, or to blacken the memory of one who is dead.”. The law also reaffirms existing laws against child pornography, an offense under Republic Act No. 9775 (the Anti-Child Pornography Act of 2009), and libel, an offense under Section 355 of the Revised Penal Code of the Philippines, also criminalizing them when committed using a computer system. In a 2012 ruling involving Philippine libel law, the United Nations Commission on Human Rights commented, "Penal defamation laws should include defense of truth." Privilege and malice. Privilege provides a complete bar and answer to a defamation suit, though conditions may have to be met before this protection is granted.
— A libel committed by means of writing, printing, lithography, engraving, radio, phonograph, painting, theatrical exhibition, cinematographic exhibition, or any similar means, shall be punished by prision correccional in its minimum and medium periods or a fine ranging from 200 to 6,000 pesos, or both, in addition to the civil action which
Jun 22, 2020 · Philippine Daily Inquirer / 04:05 AM June 22, 2020 The cyberlibel conviction of Rappler executive editor Maria Ressa and writer Reynaldo Santos Jr. brings to light again a previous finding of the United Nations Human Rights (UNHR) Committee declaring Philippine libel laws to be in violation of an international treaty. Feb 25, 2019 · Specifically, libel under the Revised Penal Code is punished with prision correccional in its minimum period, which is from six months and one day to two years and four months and medium period, which is from two years, four months and one day to four years and two months; or a fine ranging from P200 to P6,000 or both.
The most dangerous cybercriminals in the Philippines are the ones who swear. When not locking up critics and journalists under the country's "cyberlibel" law, government officials are sending the
Philippine journalist Maria Ressa convicted of libel, given 6-year term Last month, a Manila court found Ressa and a former Rappler reporter guilty of libelling a wealthy businessman. 1 day ago · Court denies motion for reconsideration of Ressa, ex-Rappler researcher in cyber libel case Published 2020-07-25 14:40:13 The Regional Trial Court Branch 46 in Manila on Friday denied the motion for reconsideration filed by Rappler CEO Maria Ressa and former researcher Reynaldo Santos, Jr. in the cyber libel case they were convicted of. Though the anti-cybercrime law imposes a penalty one degree higher, Carpio explained that the length of the penalty "has nothing to do with the prescriptive period for libel." In addition, he said Act No. 3326 itself states that it cannot apply to crimes penalized in the Revised Penal Code. Jun 14, 2020 · Embattled Philippines journalist and Rappler CEO Maria Ressa was found guilty of "cyber libel" Monday, in a case she and press freedom groups have described as a politically motivated prosecution