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European Parliament urges Duterte to 'drop all charges' vs Maria Ressa, Santos

Jul 09, 2020 - 11:22 AM

The members of the European Parliament's Media Working Group say that the cyber libel conviction 'is part of an orchestrated campaign of legal harassment against Maria Ressa and Rappler'

Rappler CEO and executive editor Maria at the Manila Trial Court on June 15, 2020 attends the promulgation of a cyber libel case file against her and former Rappler researcher-writer Reynaldo Santo Jr. by businessman Wilfredo Keng. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[OPINION | Just Saying] Judges should not take offense

Jul 03, 2020 - 10:00 AM

'[Judges] cannot just blame people for making negative outbursts regarding their decisions'

[OPINION] Beyond legalities and technicalities: How the court decision challenges us to keep press freedom alive

Jun 30, 2020 - 8:22 AM

'Fear is not what we need at this time, of all times. Especially if fear tricks us into seeing enemies where there are only fellow Filipinos and fellow human beings...'

Ressa, Santos seek reversal of cyber libel conviction, cite 13 errors

Jun 29, 2020 - 3:53 PM

(UPDATED) 'The court’s role in the trial is to determine malice, not make malicious statements. Ascribing an underhanded and even unlawful motive – without assertion or proof – is malicious,' says the motion for partial reconsideration

CONVICTIOM. Rappler CEO and executive editor Maria Ressa, former researcher writer Reynaldo Santos Jr discuss with their lawyer former Supreme Court spokesperson Ted te after their conviction for cyber libel at the Manila Regional Trial Court on June 15, 2020. Photo by Dante Diosina Jr/Rappler


[ANALYSIS] The global significance of the Ressa-Santos convictions

Jun 29, 2020 - 11:00 AM

'To think that the conviction will only last for at least 6 years is wrong. This imprisonment will last for generations and lifetimes to come, and haunt the national memory.'

[ANALYSIS] Understanding the Ressa-Santos convictions

Jun 26, 2020 - 7:49 PM

'How can an offense deemed to be so minor such as libel and a right so fundamental such as the freedom of speech and of the press stir so much conflict and confusion?'

'Rob fear of its power' – Maria Ressa

Jun 23, 2020 - 8:15 PM

Hannah Neumann, member of the European Parliament and vice-chair of the Subcommittee on Human Rights, talks to Rappler's Maria Ressa

Rappler CEO and executive editor Maria at the Manila Trial Court on June 15, 2020 attends the promulgation for the cyber libel case filed by businessman Wilfredo Keng. Photo by Dante Diosina Jr/Rappler

Reporting after the cyber libel verdict

Jun 23, 2020 - 5:00 PM

Journalists are not the ones running scared

Filipino-American journalists send letter of support for Ressa, Santos, and Rappler

Jun 23, 2020 - 3:12 PM

A letter from Filipino-American journalists says the conviction of Rappler CEO Maria Ressa and former researcher Reynaldo Santos Jr 'poses threats to freedom of the press and democracy'

Judges' group cries foul over bashing of judiciary after Ressa conviction

Jun 22, 2020 - 4:02 PM

'The attacks on the judiciary are so vicious that they may lead to the public losing faith and respect in our judicial system,' says the Philippine Judges Association

CONVICTED. Rappler CEO Maria Ressa land former researcher-writer Maria Ressa hold a press conference at the Manila City Hall after they are convicted of cyber libel on June 15, 2020. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

[EDITORIAL] Ang pulitika ng bengansya laban kay Maria Ressa at Rey Santos Jr

Jun 22, 2020 - 11:32 AM

Ito ang dalawang haligi ng duling na hustisya na itinaguyod ng kampong Keng at ng DOJ: Ang 'republication' at ang 12-taong prescription period para sa libel

[PODCAST] Delikado ang epekto sa demokrasya ng Maria Ressa verdict

Jun 20, 2020 - 12:25 PM

Hindi lamang mga mamamahayag ang maaapektuhan ng hatol kay Rappler CEO Maria Ressa at dating researcher-writer Reynaldo Santos Jr

[OPINION | Newspoint] A strategy of crackdown and cover-up

Jun 20, 2020 - 12:00 PM

'The pandemic lays itself open to official exploitation for the fear and the hunger and joblessness and the other distractions it has brought; the government could also use some covering up for its shortcomings in dealing with the emergency'

Keng sues Ressa for cyber libel anew over a 2019 tweet

Jun 19, 2020 - 2:59 PM

(UPDATED) The complaint is filed February 13, 2020, or 4 months before a Manila court convicted Ressa and former researcher-writer Reynaldo Santos Jr over the same issue

CYBER LIBEL. Maria Ressa leaves Manila Trial Court Branch 46 after she and co-accused Reynaldo Santos Jr are handed a guilty verdict for cyberliber on June 15, 2020. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler


[OPINION] #ABiasCBN, #RapplerFakeNews: A case of pro-admin 'media literacy?'

Jun 19, 2020 - 12:50 PM

'A democracy needs media-literate citizens who can hold their media institutions accountable, as much as we need these media institutions to do their jobs of holding the government accountable'

LIST: Groups worldwide decry ‘new weapon’ vs press freedom after cyber libel verdict

Jun 19, 2020 - 9:47 AM

Groups and personalities from all over the world denounce the conviction of Rappler CEO Maria Ressa and former researcher-writer Reynaldo Santos Jr

VERDICT. Rappler CEO and executive editor Maria at the Manila Trial Court on June 15, 2020 attends the promulgation of a cyber libel case file against her and former Rappler researcher-writer Reynaldo Santo Jr. by businessman Wilfredo Keng. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

After Ressa conviction, lawmaker seeks 1-year prescription period for cyber libel

Jun 18, 2020 - 2:06 PM

Cagayan de Oro City 2nd District Representative Rufus Rodriguez says explicitly putting this in the Cybercrime Law would ''put to rest the issue of prescription of the crime of cyber libel'

CYBER LIBEL CASE. Rappler CEO Maria Ressa and her co-accused, ex-Rappler writer-researcher Reynaldo Santos Jr, face the media after being convicted for cyber libel by the Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 46 on June 15, 2020. Photo by Dante Diosina Jr/Rappler

Aquino: Why not use cybercrime law to go after trolls, purveyors of fake news?

Jun 17, 2020 - 9:22 AM

'Parang pilit na pilit,' former President Benigno 'Noynoy' Aquino III says of the cyber libel conviction of Rappler CEO and executive editor Maria Ressa and former Rappler researcher-writer, Rey Santos, Jr

U.S. State Dept, ambassador 'concerned' by Ressa verdict, call for free speech

Jun 17, 2020 - 12:49 AM

America calls for a resolution of the case 'in a way that reinforces the U.S. and Philippines’ long shared commitment to freedom of expression, including for members of the press'

VERDICT. Rappler CEO Maria Ressa arrives at the Manila Trial Court on June 15, 2020. photo by Dante Diosina Jr/Rappler

EU hits Ressa verdict, urges PH to protect free press

Jun 16, 2020 - 11:55 PM

'We expect the Philippines, like all countries, to uphold its international human rights obligations and protect and promote fundamental freedoms,' says the European Union External Action Service

UPHOLD PRESS FREEDOM. Rappler CEO and executive editor Maria at the Manila Trial Court on June 15, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

After verdict on Maria Ressa, world puts Duterte on trial

Jun 16, 2020 - 9:46 PM

(UPDATED) In this global court, at stake is more than a fine and jail time, but the Philippines’ name on the world stage

CYBER LIBEL. Rappler CEO Maria Ressa, along with former researcher Reynaldo Santos Jr, is sentenced by a Manila court on June 15, 2020, for cyber libel. Photo by Dante Diosina Jr/Rappler

Law experts: 12-year prescription period for cyber libel unconstitutional

Jun 16, 2020 - 6:07 PM

'The overriding issue in the Rappler case is prescription,' says retired supreme court senior associate justice Antonio Carpio, who agrees that cyber libel must prescribe in 1 year, not 12 years

CYBER LIBEL. Rappler CEO Maria Ressa faces the media after the Manila Trial Court Branch 46 convicted her and co-accused Reynaldo Santos Jr of cyber libel. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Aquino's contested cyber libel law gets new claws in ruling vs Rappler

Jun 16, 2020 - 5:00 PM

Supreme Court dissenters warned against a cyber libel law that takes its definition from a 1930 statute, but will be applied to the internet age. They were overruled. The Rappler ruling is a new threatening development.

CYBER LIBEL. Rappler CEO Maria Ressa leaves Manila Trial Court Branch 46 after she and co-accused Reynaldo Santos Jr were handed a guilty verdict for cyberlibel. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

U.S. senators warn verdict vs Ressa sets 'dangerous precedent'

Jun 16, 2020 - 3:45 PM

'Today we must face our own fear: that one of the oldest democracies in Asia…is abandoning its commitment to fundamental freedoms including freedom of the press,' say US Senators Edward Markey, Patrick Leahy, and Dick Durbin

DEFEND PRESS FREEDOM. Rappler CEO and executive editor Maria Ressa at the Manila Trial Court on June 15, 2020. Photo by Dante Diosina Jr/Rappler

Progressive orgs slam Duterte for taking advantage of pandemic to attack media

Jun 16, 2020 - 2:19 PM

The Save Our Schools Network says it believes the conviction is part of the Duterte administration's aim to silence critical media

PRESS CONFERENCE. Maria Ressa (center) and former Rappler reporter Reynaldo Santos Jr. face media after libel trial verdict was read by a Manila court. Photo by Dante Diosina Jr/Rappler

After ruling vs Ressa, uploaded old print articles vulnerable to cyber libel

Jun 16, 2020 - 1:39 PM

'In other words, your articles from 3 ago or even 10 years ago can be used to sue you for cyber libel on the ground that they had been republished,' says lawyer Romel Bagares, one of the petitioners against the 2012 Cybercrime Law

CYBER LIBEL. Maria Ressa arrives at the Manila Trial court on June 15, 2020, for the promulgation of a cyber libel case against Rappler by businessman Wilfredo Keng. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

U.S. should resist Maria Ressa verdict – Washington Post

Jun 16, 2020 - 11:54 AM

The conviction of Rappler CEO Maria Ressa 'ought to be shocking to democratic nations,' says the Washington Post Editorial Board

CYBER LIBEL. Rappler CEO Maria Ressa (C), along with former researcher Reynaldo Santos Jr (Back), leave courtroom after the promulgation on June 15, 2020, for cyber libel. Photo by Dante Diosina Jr/Rappler

IBP questions jail sentence for Maria Ressa despite SC guidance to set only fines

Jun 16, 2020 - 10:50 AM

Manila Judge Rainelda Estacio-Montesa says social media makes 'the keyboard mightier than the pen and thus mightier than the sword'

CONVICTION. Maria Ressa arrives at the Manila Trial court on June 15, 2020, for the promulgation of a cyberlibel case against Rappler by businessman Wilfredo Keng. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler


Hillary Clinton, Madeleine Albright stand with Maria Ressa

Jun 16, 2020 - 10:27 AM

'We must fiercely protest attacks on the press. They are attacks on democracy,' says former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton

POWER. Former US Secretaries of State Hillary Clinton (L) and Madeleine Albright listen to a speaker after Clinton received the 2013 Lantos Human Rights Prize during a ceremony on Capitol Hill in Washington on December 6, 2013. Photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Guilty verdict proves gov’t could exhaust resources to attack critics, schools say

Jun 16, 2020 - 8:00 AM

The Departments of Communication and Political Science of the Ateneo de Manila University-Loyola Schools and University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication criticize the government for its latest attempt to silence the media

Twitter expresses support for Maria Ressa, press freedom

Jun 16, 2020 - 12:18 AM

'Governments should not impinge on the fundamental values of a free press,' says Twitter


Dissent through art in the time of media clampdown

Jun 15, 2020 - 9:57 PM

Filipinos use art to express dissent following the cyber libel conviction of Rappler CEO Maria Ressa and former researcher-writer Reynaldo Santos Jr

Judge Montesa 'failed to understand how journalism works'

Jun 15, 2020 - 9:02 PM

The Consortium on Democracy and Disinformation blasts the verdict against Rappler CEO Maria Ressa and former researcher-writer Reynaldo Santos Jr, saying it puts everyone online in peril

'IGNORANCE.' Rappler CEO and executive editor Maria at the Manila Trial Court on June 15, 2020, attends the promulgation for the cyber libel case filed by businessman Wilfredo Keng. Photo by Dante Diosina Jr/Rappler

'Nakakalungkot, nakakagalit": PH stars express outrage after Maria Ressa is convicted of libel

Jun 15, 2020 - 6:31 PM

Quark Henares, Antoinette Jadaone, Dan Villegas, and Janine Gutierrez are some of the artists who expressed their dismay over the verdict

Why democracies should push back vs Maria Ressa verdict

Jun 15, 2020 - 6:25 PM

'This is an international test for respect for the rule of law,' says world-renowned journalist Peter Greste

CONVICTED. Rappler CEO Maria Ressa is convicted for cyber libel on June 15, 2020, along with former researcher Reynaldo Santos Jr, in a high-profile case filed by the Duterte government. Photo by Dante Diosina Jr/Rappler

Malacañang claims Duterte supports free press but leaves out threats vs media

Jun 15, 2020 - 4:55 PM

After the conviction of Rappler CEO Maria Ressa, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque uses President Rodrigo Duterte’s backing of a Davao-based journalist in an old libel case as proof he supports press freedom

DEFENDING PRESS FREEDOM? President Rodrigo Duterte at the Malago Clubhouse in Malacañang on May 28, 2020. Malacañang photo

'Another blow to press freedom’: Student groups condemn cyber libel conviction

Jun 15, 2020 - 3:47 PM

Various groups say the guilty verdict depicts a clear message to silence institutions that report on the truth about the government

Journalists show solidarity with Ressa and Santos, slam guilty verdict

Jun 15, 2020 - 3:33 PM

The verdict would render journalists and citizens defenseless against government officials who will do anything to evade accountability, they say

Business groups: Ressa verdict threatens Filipinos' rights, freedoms

Jun 15, 2020 - 3:05 PM

(UPDATED) 'It is a big blow to press freedom especially given serious constitutional questions on whether the law is applicable at all. This would threaten our other rights and freedoms,' business groups say

Rappler CEO and executive editor Maria at the Manila Trial Court on June 15, 2020 attends the promulgation for the cyber libel case filed by businessman Wilfredo Keng. Ressa and co-accused Reynaldo Santo Jr, former Rappler researcher-writer, receives a guilty verdict. Photo by Dante Diosina Jr/Rappler

#CourageON: How you can support Rappler after cyber libel verdict

Jun 15, 2020 - 2:42 PM

The decision will not silence us. It has made us more resolute in our mission to hold power to account.

Robredo: Be wary of Ressa verdict's ‘chilling’ effect on citizens’ freedoms

Jun 15, 2020 - 1:32 PM

'Silencing, harassing, and weaponizing law against the media sends a clear message to every dissenting voice: Keep quiet or you are next,' warns Vice President Leni Robredo

HOLD THE LINE. Rappler CEO and executive editor Maria Ressa (L) and former Rappler researcher Rey Santos, Jr during a press conference after a Manila court found them guilty of cyber libel. Photo by Dante Diosina Jr/Rappler

What Maria Ressa conviction means for reporting confidential sources

Jun 15, 2020 - 12:45 PM

Judge Montesa's 37-page ruling does not discuss how to treat confidential sources. Instead it faults Rappler for 'not verifying' and stresses that the free press must be responsible.

POST-VERDICT. Maria Ressa leaves Manila Trial Court Branch 46 after she and co-accused Reynaldo Santos Jr are handed a guilty verdict for cyber libel against businessman Wilfredo Keng. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Court affirms republication a separate libel offense, prescription period is 12 years

Jun 15, 2020 - 11:39 AM

(UPDATED) Had it not been for those 2 legal issues, the disputed article would not have been covered by 2012 Cybercrime Law. Ressa warns it affects everyone who posts online.

VERDICT. Rappler CEO and Executive Editor Maria Ressa and former researcher-writer Reynaldo Santos Jr arrive at the Manila Regional Trial Court to attend their promulgation for the cyber libel case filed against them and Rappler by businessman Wilfredo Keng. Photo by Dante Diosina Jr/Rappler

UN experts condemn guilty verdict on Ressa, Santos: 'Tragedy for PH democracy'

Jun 15, 2020 - 11:32 AM

'What a complete travesty of justice and an outrage,' says UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression David Kaye

DEFEND PRESS FREEDOM. Maria Ressa leaves Manila Trial Court Branch 46 after she and co-accused Reynaldo Santos Jr were handed a guilty verdict for cyberliber against businessman Wilfredo Keng. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Lawmakers to Filipinos: Resist repression as Ressa's conviction 'not the last'

Jun 15, 2020 - 11:26 AM

(UPDATED) 'We are complicit if we stay silent,' says Senator Risa Hontiveros

DEFEND PRESS FREEDOM. Rappler CEO Maria Ressa takes question from the media after the Manila Trial Court Branch 46 found her and co-accused Reynaldo Santos Jr guilty of cyber liberal against businessman Wilfredo Keng. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

‘A sad day for democracy’: Filipinos denounce guilty verdict in Rappler cyber libel case

Jun 15, 2020 - 11:23 AM

(UPDATED) Filipinos online say the conviction of Rappler CEO Maria Ressa and former researcher-writer Reynaldo Santos Jr is ‘another cut to add to the thousands’

Rights groups slam cyber libel conviction: Dangerous to PH democracy

Jun 15, 2020 - 10:46 AM

(UPDATED) Karapatan says the guilty verdict 'sends an even more dangerous message to the public that anyone and everyone can be criminalized for their views and opinions'

Rappler CEO and Executive Editor Maria Ressa arrives at the manila trial court to attend.of her promulgation for the case of cyber libel file against rappler by business man Wilfredo Keng. photo by Dante Diosina Jr/Rappler

DOCUMENT: Decision on cyber libel conviction of Maria Ressa et al

Jun 15, 2020 - 10:33 AM

Read here the full decision of Judge Rainelda Estacio Montesa convicting Maria Ressa and Rey Santos Jr of cyber libel

Rappler CEO and executive editor Maria Ressa hold a press conference after the promulgation of the cyber libel case against her, Reynaldo Santos Jr, and Rappler. Photo by Dante Diosina Jr/Rappler

Rappler statement on cyber libel conviction: Failure of justice, failure of democracy

Jun 15, 2020 - 10:01 AM

The decision today marks not the rule of law, but the rule of law twisted to suit the interests of those in power who connive to satisfy their mutually beneficial personal and political agenda

rappler ceo and executive editor maria ressa arrives at the manila trial court to attend her promulgation for the case of cyber libel file against rappler by business man wilfredo keng. photo by Dante Diosina Jr/Rappler

[EDITORIAL] Dagok sa demokrasya

Jun 15, 2020 - 9:28 AM

Sa ibinabang desisyon, hindi batas ang nangibabaw; ang nagwagi ay ang pagbaluktot ng batas para sa kasiyahan at interes ng mga nasa kapangyarihan at kanilang mga kasabwat