- The Court has recently ordered the arrest of Maria Ressa and another writer of Rappler
- The arrest was because of the cyber libel complaint filed by a professor in a university in Manila
- Professor Ariel Pineda sued the said journalist for the article titled, “Thesis for sale: Benilde students say they paid P20,000 to pass”
- Ressa and her fellow journalist both posted bail amounting to 30 thousand pesos
Maria Ressa, the chief executive officer of Rappler, is now facing another cyber libel case filed by a professor in one of the universities in Manila.
KAMI learned that the complaint was in relation to the article published by the said news site regarding the alleged malpractices in the College of St. Benilde.
Written by Rambo Talambong, the controversial content was titled, “Thesis for sale: Benilde students say they paid P20,000 to pass.”
Inquirer.net reported that it was Professor Ariel Pineda who filed Ressa’s 3rd cyber libel case in a span of 2 years.
Rappler.com also shared that the Manila Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 24 has already ordered the arrest of the said journalist and Talambong.
It was Judge Maria Victoria Soriano-Villadolid who issued the arrest warrants on Monday, January 11.
Meanwhile, ABS-CBN News stated in a separate report that both Ressa and the writer of the controversial article already posted bail worth 30 thousand pesos.
“That is the problem with libel and cyberlibel laws which make these acts criminal — a private dispute becomes a public offense where the government gets involved. As a result, the implications on freedom of expression and of the press are significant,” said Theodore Te, their lawyer.
Maria Ressa is one of the most well-known journalists in the Philippines. There are already 10 arrest warrants issued against her.
A few months ago, former United States Senator Hillary Clinton expressed support for the abovementioned journalist after being convicted. She claimed that attacks on press freedom are also attacks on democracy.
Ressa also published an article on the Financial Times, holding President Rodrigo Duterte accountable. The content was posted after another cyber liber crime was charged against her.
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