Rappler's latest stories on cyber libel cases
(4th UPDATE) The court rules only Rappler as a company is not guilty
(UPDATED) Cyber libel is punishable by jail time of 6 months and 1 day to up to 7 years. If acquitted, Maria Ressa faces 7 other criminal charges.
David Kaye says he hopes his brief will give Judge Montesa 'a greater understanding of the role of journalists and the special protection all Member States must accord'
(UPDATED) An exclusive video interview by Agence France-Presse with Rappler CEO Maria Ressa ahead of a Manila court's judgment on Monday, June 15
Postponed due to the coronavirus lockdown, judgment day for Ressa and former researcher-writer Rey Santos will take place in a court under quarantine restrictions
Judge Rainelda Estacio-Montesa finishes trial in just around 8 months – in what could be the quickest libel trial in recent history
Judge Rainelda Estacio Montesa sustains the objection of Rappler counsel that the prosecution cannot ask for the source of its confidential information
In insisting Ressa was not involved at all in the story, Rappler editor Chay Hofileña says the CEO does not exercise unilateral editorial control in the newsroom. 'She gets vetoed because we are a democratic organization.'
Judge Rainelda Estacio-Montesa denies Ressa's demurrer to evidence and says Rappler's assertions are better heard in a full-blown trial
Rappler, its CEO and executive editor Maria Ressa, and former researcher Reynaldo Santos Jr file a demurrer with Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 46
Rappler has 10 days to file its demurrer to evidence, after which William Keng's lawyers would have 10 days to reply. The case has progressed expediently so far.
Rappler objects to the demand, saying that the charge sheet does not contain damages being sought
The prosecution presents letters from PDEA clearing Wilfredo Keng of drug records
The Executive Secretary files 2 counts of libel and 2 counts of cyberlibel against Tulfo and Manila Times editors for the columnist's July 20 and July 23 articles
Advincula faces a cyber libel complaint filed against him by Bicolano tycoon Elizaldy Co
A witness testifies to have read the article – a testimony that may seem trivial but is a requisite to proving an element of the crime
No settlement is reached between Rappler and complainant Wilfredo Keng
Elizaldy Co and Misibis Bay management are seeking P1.1 billion in damages
(UPDATED) 'We're talking about it, we'll take a look at it,' says Ressa's lawyer Ted Te on elevating case to the Supreme Court
(3rd UPDATE) Judge Rainelda Estacio-Montesa also defers the arraignment of ex-Rappler researcher writer Reynaldo Santos Jr to May 17. This will allow both journalists to file a motion for reconsideration on the denial of their earlier motion to quash.
(UPDATED) In denying Maria Ressa’s Motion to Quash, the Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 46 effectively upholds the justice department's theory that cyber libel’s prescription period is 12 years, instead of one year
After an urgent motion Thursday afternoon, the court decides to reduce the bond to P100,000 per travel or P300,000 overall
(UPDATED) ‘Many of those issues [raised against the Cybercrime Act] are coming back...but this time the difference is there are now persons that are charged,’ says former Supreme Court spokesperson and Rappler counsel Ted Te
The Newsbreak team sits down on Thursday, February 28, to discuss disinformation, efforts to prevent it from spreading, and the Rappler cyber libel case
Te says the Supreme Court finalized the Cybercrime Law only on April 22, 2014, which means that in February 2014 when the article was supposedly republished, there was no applicable law
Here are key facts about the cyber libel case that businessman Wilfredo Keng filed against Rappler
Here are answers to frequently asked questions about Rappler's cyber libel case
‘We will hold government accountable even if it’s bad for business,’ says Rappler CEO Maria Ressa
'The British government supports a free media,' says British Ambassador to the Philippines Daniel Pruce
Law enforcement authorities do not serve Reynaldo Santos Jr his warrant of arrest
Why the charge against Maria Ressa and former Rappler researcher Reynaldo Santos Jr is unconstitutional
Calls to defend press freedom echo in different parts of the country, as various groups hold protest actions
(UPDATED) The United States, in a rare statement on a domestic controversy, says it hopes the cyber libel case against Rappler CEO Maria Ressa 'will be resolved quickly'
The chief of the NBI cybercrime division denies the incident, but the exchange was caught on video
Here is a running list of rallies by student organizations and various groups to defend press freedom.
(7th UPDATE) Here's a timeline of events surrounding Rappler's cyber libel case
After the arrest of Rappler CEO Maria Ressa, Canada stresses that journalists should be 'free from harassment and intimidation'
(UPDATED) The Rappler CEO and executive editor spent the night in NBI custody after a night court judge in Pasay refused to accommodate the posting of bail Wednesday, February 13
(UPDATED) Human rights groups say the arrest of Rappler CEO Maria Ressa is consistent with the repeated threats not just against journalists but also legislators, lawyers, and activists, among others
David Kaye, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression, says it is 'simply intolerable' that Ressa remains in NBI custody
The theme of this year's UP Fair is 'Rak N’ Rally', with Ressa originally scheduled to talk about press freedom
(4th UPDATE) Ateneo de Manila University president Father Ramon Jose Villarin, De La Salle Philippines president Brother Armin Luistro, and UP Diliman Chancellor Michael Tan issue statements of support
The arrest triggers an outpouring of comments from netizens lambasting the move as a desperate effort to silence critics and intimidate the press
(4th UPDATE) 'Si Maria Ressa, ipinakita iyong tapang.... Mayroong mga panahon na parang siya na lang iyong boses na naririnig natin dahil lahat natatakot,' says Vice President Leni Robredo
(UPDATED) 'If somehow the government feels that by keeping me the night, they can intimidate me, no, we will hold the line,' says Maria Ressa
If this is another of several attempts to intimidate us, it will not succeed, as past attempts have shown. Maria Ressa and Rappler will continue to do our jobs as journalists.
(6th UPDATE) Members of the media and various groups say the arrest of Rappler CEO Maria Ressa is clearly part of the Duterte administration's attack on press freedom
(UPDATED) The arrest is in connection with a story published by Rappler in May 2012 – or 4 months before the law that Maria Ressa and researcher Reynaldo Santos Jr allegedly violated was enacted
(UPDATED) Journalist groups and institutions denounce the weaponization of anti-cybercrime laws