DOJ allows filing of cyber libel case vs Rappler’s Ressa, reporter

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Justice (DOJ) has approved the filing of a cyber libel case against an executive and reporter of online news outfit Rappler.

In an eight-page resolution, Rappler executive director Maria Ressa and reporter Reynaldo Santos Jr. will be charged with cyber libel — specifically for violating Section 4 (c)(4) of the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 (Republic Act No. 10175).ADVERTISEMENT

The case stemmed from the complaint filed by businessman Wilfredo Keng, who was the subject of an article titled “CJ using SUVs of controversial businessman” — “CJ” referring to then-Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona, who was then under an impeachment trial.

Keng denied the allegation and requested that the article be taken down.

In February 2014, the article was updated, but it remained online.

“The publication complained of imputes to complainant Keng the commission of crimes. It is clearly defamatory,” read the resolution. ..Read More..

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