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Maria Ressa cyber libel case proceeds to trial at Manila court

Jun 21, 2019 - 12:11 PM

No settlement is reached between Rappler and complainant Wilfredo Keng

Rappler CEO Maria Ressa leave the court room as she attend for her pre-trial at Manila City Hall in Manila on 21 June 2019.  Photo by: Lito Borras/Rappler

Bicolano tycoon sues Bikoy, Facebook, YouTube for cyber libel

May 23, 2019 - 9:53 PM

Elizaldy Co and Misibis Bay management are seeking P1.1 billion in damages

Maria Ressa arraigned for cyber libel; SC may be next option

May 14, 2019 - 10:12 AM

(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

CYBERLIBEL. Rappler CEO and Executive Editor Maria Ressa arrives at the Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 46 for her scheduled arraignment over one count of cyberlibel on May 14, 2019. Photo by Lian Buan

Manila court defers arraignment of Maria Ressa

Apr 16, 2019 - 9:06 AM

(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.

MARIA RESSA. Rappler CEO and Executive Editor Maria Ressa arrives at the Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 46 for her arraignment on Tuesday, April 16, 2018. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Court junks Ressa appeal, says cyber libel valid 12 years post-publication

Apr 15, 2019 - 8:19 AM

(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

Rappler CEO and Executive Editor Maria Ressa attends a hearing on the cyberlibel case filed by against her by businessman Wilfredo Keng at the Manila Regional Trial Court on March 1, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Manila court imposes P500,000 travel bond for Rappler’s Maria Ressa

Mar 14, 2019 - 2:56 PM

After an urgent motion Thursday afternoon, the court decides to reduce the bond to P100,000 per travel or P300,000 overall

LIBEL CHARGE. Rappler CEO and executive editor during her detention the NBI Cybercrime Division office on February 13, 2019, after her arrest for cyber libel charge. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Rappler case can prompt Supreme Court revisit of cyber libel – Ted Te

Mar 01, 2019 - 12:18 PM

(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

CYBERLIBEL. Rappler CEO and Executive Editor Maria Ressa attends a hearing on the cyberlibel case filed against her by businessman William Keng at the Manila Regional Trial Court on March 1, 2019, with her lawyer, former Supreme Court spokesperson Ted Te. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Newsbreak Chats: Disinformation, elections, and Rappler cyber libel case

Feb 28, 2019 - 3:32 PM

The Newsbreak team sits down on Thursday, February 28, to discuss disinformation, efforts to prevent it from spreading, and the Rappler cyber libel case

Dismiss cyber libel case vs Maria Ressa, Rappler – Te, FLAG

Feb 26, 2019 - 1:17 PM

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

CYBER LIBEL. Rappler CEO Maria Ressa speaks to the media. File photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

[OPINION] Valentine's gift from Willy Keng

Feb 24, 2019 - 9:15 AM

There's a new twist to the Keng story

WATCH: Rappler's cyber libel case in a nutshell

Feb 19, 2019 - 8:56 PM

Here are key facts about the cyber libel case that businessman Wilfredo Keng filed against Rappler

FAQs: What you need to know about Rappler’s cyber libel case

Feb 16, 2019 - 8:42 AM

Here are answers to frequently asked questions about Rappler's cyber libel case

Maria Ressa charges DOJ with 'selective justice'

Feb 15, 2019 - 5:54 PM

‘We will hold government accountable even if it’s bad for business,’ says Rappler CEO Maria Ressa

CYBER LIBEL. Rappler CEO Maria Ressa is charged for cyber libel over a 2012 investigative report involving businessman Wilfredo Keng. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

U.K. 'deeply concerned' by Maria Ressa arrest

Feb 15, 2019 - 2:13 PM

'The British government supports a free media,' says British Ambassador to the Philippines Daniel Pruce

PRESS FREEDOM. Rappler CEO Maria Ressa is facing a string of cases under the Duterte administration. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Ex-Rappler researcher posts P100,000 bail for cyber libel

Feb 15, 2019 - 12:52 PM

Law enforcement authorities do not serve Reynaldo Santos Jr his warrant of arrest

CYBER LIBEL. The Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 46 handles the cyber libel charge against Rappler CEO Maria Ressa and former reporter Reynaldo Santos Jr. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

[ANALYSIS | Deep Dive] Maria Ressa case and the big chill

Feb 15, 2019 - 12:00 PM

Why the charge against Maria Ressa and former Rappler researcher Reynaldo Santos Jr is unconstitutional

Youth groups call out 'orchestrated attack' against Rappler, media

Feb 14, 2019 - 11:36 PM

Calls to defend press freedom echo in different parts of the country, as various groups hold protest actions

PROTEST. Youth groups conduct quick reaction mobilization to condemn the sudden arrest of Rappler's Maria Ressa and continous threats of the Duterte government against the right to press freedom at University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

In rare move, U.S. stresses need for due process in Maria Ressa case

Feb 14, 2019 - 7:55 PM

(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'

POSTING BAIL. Rappler executive editor and CEO Maria Ressa speaks to the media at the Manila Regional Trial Court after posting bail for her cyber libel case on February 14, 2019. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

‘We’ll go after you’: DOJ probes threat of NBI agent vs Rappler reporter

Feb 14, 2019 - 3:50 PM

The chief of the NBI cybercrime division denies the incident, but the exchange was caught on video

SERVICE OF WARRANT. A scene inside the Rappler office on February 13, 2019, after NBI agents entered the newsroom to serve an arrest warrant against Rappler CEO Maria Ressa. Photo by Maria Tan/AFP

LIST: #DefendPressFreedom rallies after Maria Ressa’s arrest

Feb 14, 2019 - 2:26 PM

Here is a running list of rallies by student organizations and various groups to defend press freedom.

TIMELINE: Rappler's cyber libel case

Feb 14, 2019 - 12:23 PM

(UPDATED) Here's a timeline of events surrounding Rappler's cyber libel case

Canada 'deeply troubled' by Maria Ressa arrest

Feb 14, 2019 - 12:16 PM

After the arrest of Rappler CEO Maria Ressa, Canada stresses that journalists should be 'free from harassment and intimidation'

Rappler CEO and Executive Editor Maria Ressa arrives at the NBI Cybercrime Division office after her arrest on February 13, 2019. Photo ny LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Maria Ressa posts P100,000 bail for cyber libel

Feb 14, 2019 - 12:03 PM

(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

BACK TO WORK. Rappler chief Maria Ressa outside the judge’s sala at the Manila regional trial court, where she has posted bail over cyber libel charges on February 14, 2019. Photo by Beth Frondoso/Rappler

Maria Ressa's arrest part of broader gov't campaign, say rights groups

Feb 14, 2019 - 11:25 AM

(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

Rappler CEO and Executive Editor Maria Ressa arrives at the NBI Cybercrime Division office after her arrest on February 13, 2019. Photo ny LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

U.N. special rapporteur condemns detention of Maria Ressa

Feb 14, 2019 - 10:10 AM

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

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Amid Maria Ressa’s arrest, UP Fair 2019 urges: 'Defend press freedom'

Feb 14, 2019 - 7:48 AM

The theme of this year's UP Fair is 'Rak N’ Rally', with Ressa originally scheduled to talk about press freedom

PRESS FREEDOM. Various organizations conducts a silent protest for Maria Ressa and press freedom at the UP Fair 2019. Photo by Kurt Dela Peña/Rappler

'Truth will set you free': Schools hit arrest of Rappler CEO Maria Ressa

Feb 14, 2019 - 4:30 AM

(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

DEFEND TRUTH, Rappler CEO and executive editor Maria Ressa inside the NBI after her arrest for cyberlibel charges on February 13, 2019. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

After Maria Ressa's arrest, netizens decry 'desperate move to silence' press

Feb 14, 2019 - 12:34 AM

The arrest triggers an outpouring of comments from netizens lambasting the move as a desperate effort to silence critics and intimidate the press

Robredo slams Maria Ressa's arrest as 'political harassment'

Feb 14, 2019 - 12:20 AM

(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

'POLITICAL HARASSMENT. 'Vice President Leni Robredo denounces the arrest of Rappler CEO Maria Ressa. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

NBI detains journalist Maria Ressa for the night

Feb 13, 2019 - 10:42 PM

(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

DETAINED. Rappler CEO and Executive Editor Maria Ressa fills up an arrest information sheet inside the NBI Cybercrime Division office after her arrest for cyberlibel charges on February 13, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Rappler statement on Maria Ressa’s arrest: ‘We will continue to tell the truth’

Feb 13, 2019 - 8:55 PM

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.

Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

'Persecution by a bully government': Journalists, advocates slam arrest of Maria Ressa

Feb 13, 2019 - 8:37 PM

(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

Rappler CEO Maria Ressa arrested for cyber libel

Feb 13, 2019 - 6:19 PM

(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

WARRANT. Rappler CEO and Executive Editor Maria Ressa talks to her lawyer. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Journalists, institutions decry 'absurd legal attack' against Rappler

Feb 07, 2019 - 3:24 PM

(UPDATED) Journalist groups and institutions denounce the weaponization of anti-cybercrime laws

Despite NBI flip-flop, DOJ to indict Rappler for cyber libel

Feb 04, 2019 - 10:33 PM

The justice department decides to charge with libel Rappler Incorporated, Maria Ressa, and former researcher Reynaldo Santos Jr over a story published 7 years ago

 ‘This indictment is evidence that the law has been weaponized: the NBI’s own lawyers recommended the case be thrown out,’ says Rappler CEO Maria Ressa. AFP file photo by Noel Celis

Kris Aquino files cyber libel case vs Jesus Falcis

Nov 22, 2018 - 7:17 PM

Lawyer Jesus Falcis, brother of Kris' erstwhile business partner Nicko Falcis, is sued for 9 counts of cyber libel

MORE CASES. Kris Aquino arrives at the Department of Justice to file cyberlibel cases against Atty. Jesus Falcis on November 22, 2018. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Actress Keanna Reeves arrested over cyber libel charges

Nov 12, 2018 - 5:20 PM

Her bail is set at P20,000

ARRESTED. The former actress is arrested over cyber libel charges. Photo courtesy of the PNP

Inquirer editor posts bail for Cebu cyber libel complaint

Jul 30, 2018 - 8:16 PM

A Cebu court issued the arrest warrant against Abelardo Ulanday, who paid a P30,000-bail for his release

SURRENDERED. Inquirer.net editor-in-chief and Cebu Daily News publisher Abelardo Ulanday. Photo from Cebu Daily News

Rappler's cyber libel case will make Cybercrime Law unconstitutional – lawyer

Mar 09, 2018 - 7:49 PM

(UPDATED) The crime of online libel didn't exist at the time the Rappler story was published. 'If respondents are charged by the government, it would make the cybercrime act an ex post facto law' which is prohibited under the Constitution, says top cybercrime lawyer JJ Disini.

Maria inside the NBI Cybercrime office on January 22, 2018. Photo by Rupert Ambil/Rappler

NBI dismisses, then recommends cyber libel case vs Rappler

Mar 09, 2018 - 2:19 PM

The NBI backtracks on its earlier finding that businessman Wilfredo Keng's complaint over a story published 5 years ago has 'no basis'

CEO of Philippine news website Rappler, Maria Ressa (C), arrives at the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) headquarters in Manila on January 22, 2018. The head of a news website threatened with closure by the government appeared before state investigators on January 22 over a defamation complaint which she decried as part of President Rodrigo Duterte's concerted attack on press freedom. / AFP PHOTO / NOEL CELIS