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ANOTHER LIBEL CASE FILED FOR MARIA RESSA

5 months ago | Nation | 0 comments

By Bong Garabot

The veteran journalist and Rappler CEO Maria Ressa has been charged with cyber libel for the second time.

The case was filed by the prosecutors before the Makati Regional Trial Court on November 23, around five months after Ressa and former Rappler researcher Reynaldo Santos, Jr. were convicted of cyber libel in Manila.

Ressa is now accused of cyber libel for her tweet containing screenshots of a 2002 Philippine Star article about the same businessman. The second case is related to the first — initially convicted over a Rappler story that reported a businessman’s supposed links to crime.

Ressa made the tweet in February 2019, a few days after she was arrested over the first case. She posted screenshots of the Star article which reported businessman Wilfredo Keng was being eyed as the “prime suspect” in the killing of former Manila councilor Chika Go.

The Star report also said Keng was accused of involvement in the smuggling of fake cigarettes and other illegal activities.

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