Its NOT Fake News! Rappler CEO Ressa convicted of Cyber Libel

Its NOT Fake News! Rappler CEO Ressa convicted of Cyber Libel




Justice has been served….. that is depending whose side you are on.
Rappler Chief Operating Officer (CEO) and founder Maria Ressa found herself convicted of cyber libel over an article Rappler published implicating businessman Wilfredo Keng into some illegal activities.

Former Rappler researcher Reynalso Santos, Jr. was also convicted along with Ressa.
(screen grabbed from ANC)

In an interview, Ressa was quoted in saying the court’s decision was "devastating" but her camp would "keep fighting."
"I appeal to you, the journalists in room, the Filipinos who are listening, to protect your rights. We’re meant to be a cautionary tale, we are meant to make you afraid. I appeal again, don’t be afraid," she told reporters.
"Because if you don’t use your rights, you will lose them. If we don’t challenge a brazen move to try to roll back the rights guaranteed in the constitution, we will lose them. We shouldn’t be voluntarily giving up our rights."


On bail

Maria Ressa and Reynaldo Santos will remain on bail they previously posted and have been given fifteen (15) days to consider their next move, according to their counsel, former University of the Philippines Law Professor and for Supreme Court spokesman Theodore Te.
"Obviously legal steps forward would include questioning the decision and the appropriate proceeding. We still have to meet, we’ll have to go over the decision carefully," he said.




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