is being used as a tool to harass media people, as a way to silence them,' he said.
In a statement, Rappler called Panelo's libel
threat a "pure diversionary tactic.
In a phone interview, Medialdea's lawyer, Elvis Balayan said two counts of libel
under the Revised Penal Code and two counts under the anti-cybercrime law were filed against Mr.
What exactly is cyber libel
? Following Section 4 (c) (4) of RA 10175 a.k.a the 'Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012', it still follows the definition of libel
as a 'public and malicious imputation of a crime, or of a vice or defect, real or imaginary, or any act, omission, condition, status, or circumstance tending to cause the dishonor, discredit, or contempt of a natural or juridical person, or to blacken the memory of one who is dead' but where the publication is done through a 'computer system'.
In his complaint for libel
, Floirendo cited news reports that came out on electronic and print media out of a March 21, 2018 press conference called by Alvarez, in connection with allegations that the former House leader was involved in land grabbing in the country's surfing capital in Siargao, Surigao del Norte.
Under Article 355 of the RPC, the crime of libel
is committed when a person makes, against another, a public and malicious imputation of a crime, or of a vice or defect, real or imaginary, or any act,
One major benefit from decriminalizing libel
and slander would be that it would reduce the value of gossip.
protections for the press might go too far and that the country's libel
and slander laws should resemble British law. "Well in England they have a system where you can actually sue if someone says something wrong," Trump said, according to (http://money.cnn.com/2016/10/24/media/donald-trump-sue-news-organizations/) reports.
This July, conservative super-donor Charles Koch complained to a crowd of donors that rumors he would support Hillary Clinton amounted to a "blood libel
." Last April, former Israeli ambassador and current member of Knesset Michael Oren denounced Democratic primary contender Bernie Sanders in The Times of Israel for overstating the number of Palestinian casualties in the Gaza War of 2014; Oren called that overstatement a "blood libel
Her ruling in the Civil Court of Lisbon comes six years after the McCanns launched the libel
Anderson was constantly dogged by libel
lawsuit threats and, occasionally, by real lawsuits demanding tens of thousands of dollars in actual damages and millions of dollars in punitive damages.