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PPI supports review
of cyber libel ruling

The chairman and president of the Philippine Press Institute has thrown his support to the filing of the motion for reconsideration on the ruling of the Supreme Court that upholds the cyber libel law.

In a statement, Jesus Dureza said, “It is not only in the SC where we can seek relief from the unconscionable provisions and jurassic penal sanctions of this new law. We can also go to Congress”.

Let us all unite and support the move in Congress to decriminalize libel and remove the penal sanctions in all statute books that impinge on our inalienable freedom of the press and freedom of expression, he added.

Last week, the SC ruled that a cybercrime law penalizing online libel is constitutional.

The Cybercrime Protection Law was passed in 2012 to stamp out online scourges such as fraud, identity theft, spamming and child pornography, but its implementation was suspended after coming under challenge from various groups.

The SC said however that one of its most controversial provisions, the section which penalizes cyber libel, "is not unconstitutional", spokesman Theodore Te said.

The court also upheld provisions penalizing cyber-squatting, computer fraud, identity theft and gaining illegal access through a computer, he said in an AFP report.

President Benigno Aquino signed the law in 2012 but opponents quickly said it gave the government wide powers to curb Internet freedom due to provisions that impose heavy prison terms for online libel.*

 

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