Rappler & Maria Ressa cyber libel appeal gets junked by Manila court

Rappler & Maria Ressa cyber libel appeal gets junked by Manila court

- A Manila court junked the appeal of Rappler and Maria Ressa to dismiss the cyber libel charge against them

- The court said that the plea had “lack of merit”

- The case stemmed from the controversial article published by Rappler in 2012

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A Manila court handling the cyber libel case of Rappler and its CEO Maria Ressa junked the appeal to dismiss the charge against the news site.

KAMI learned that Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 46 Judge Rainelda Estacio-Montesa released the 9-page order on April 12 and stated “lack of merit” as the reason for the denial.

In a report by the GMA News (author Nicole-Anne Lagrimas), Rappler earlier claimed that the prosecution wrongly applied the multiple republication rules in the case. The courts also decided that the company’s liability may be proven in evidence during the trial.

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As previously reported by KAMI, the cyber libel charge against Ressa and Rappler stemmed from an article published in 2012 titled, “CJ using SUVs of controversial businessman.”

The case was filed by businessman Wilfredo Keng who was also the accused, and he denied that he let the late Chief Justice Renato Corona use his car. Keng deemed the article as “clearly defamatory.”

KAMI also reported that Ressa was arrested inside the headquarters of Rappler on February 13. She posted bail the day after her arrest.

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Source: Kami.com.ph

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