Ressa cyber libel conviction not first in PH - DOJ Undersec.

Ressa cyber libel conviction not first in PH - DOJ Undersec.




The conviction of a journalist in the country specially as regards to Rappler’s Maria Ressa and its former reporter Reynaldo Santos, Jr.
Department of Justice (DOJ) Undersecretary Markk Perete said the DOJ’s Office of Cybercrime (DOJ-OOC) showed that there are already thirteen (13) cyberlibel convictions based on the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012.


“Per OOC records, there are 13 cyber libel convictions, three of which involve journalists,” said Perete who heads the OOC.


Rappler’s Maria Ressa
(photo credit to owner)

“The exercise of a freedom should and must be used with due regard to the freedom of others. As Nelson Mandela said ‘for to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains but to lkive in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others’,” read the 37-page decision of Judge Rainelda Estacio-Montesa of the Manila Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 36.
Early this week Judge Estacio-Montesa ound Ressa and Santos guilty beyond reasonable doubt for violation the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 and sentenced the two to imprisonment ranging from six (6) months and one day up to six (6) years.


Ressa and Santos were slapped with P200,000 fine as moral damages and P200,000 as exemplary damages.
The case stemmed from the article published by Rappler titled “CJ Using SUVs of Controversial Businessman”, implying that businessman Wilfred Keng is involved in some illegal activities.




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