Journalist ka! Spox Roque sinupalpal si Karen Davila: “You know how libel laws operate in the Philippines”

Kamakailan lang ay naging usap usapan sa social media ang tungkol sa nangyaring paghatol ng korte sa CEO ng Rappler na kung saan hinatulan ito ng guilty sa kasong cyber li bel.

Isa ang ABS-CBN news anchor na si Karen Davila sa nagpahayag ng kanyang pagkadismaya sa nangyari sa CEO Rappler na si Maria Ressa.

“What a sad day for democracy. #IStandWithMariaRessa,” saad pa ni Davila sa kanyang social media.

Nitong araw lang Miyerkules, nakapanayam ni Karen Davila si Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque at napag-usapan nila ang tungkol sa nangyaring kaso laban kay Maria Ressa ng Rappler.

Sa kanyang interview, mapapansin na tila inuungkat ni Davila ang naging hakbang dati noon ni Roque laban sa cyber-li bel.

Kaya naman agad na dumipensa si Roque at agad rin nito ipinagtanggol ang Pangulo.

“You are a journalist, Karen, we studied in the same school, and we all know how li bel laws operate in the Philippines. If the complainant is a private individual, there is malice in law. There is a legal presumption that the mali cious impu tation is in fact mali cious. And by way of defense, we have to show that there is no malice. How? By showing either steps taken to verify the truth” saad pa ni Roque.

“There was no fact checking, it’s basic. Before you call someone crim1nal, make sure they are crim1nals. Where is the conv1ction? Where is even the complaint? You know what I’m saying. After all, that’s the very definition of what libel is – Imput ation of a cr1me – why wasn’t that vetted” dagdag pa nito.

Matatandaan na sinabi ni Spox Harry Roque na pwedeng managot ang mamamahayag lalo na kapag gumawa ito ng bad journalism.

“Alam ng peryodista na kapag hindi ka gumawa ng hakbang para siguraduhin ang katotohanan ng sinusulat mo, talagang magkakaroon ka ng pananagutan lalo na kung ang sinabi mong kriminal na subject ng iyong artikulo ay isang pribadong indibidwal… It was bad journalism, it was bad legal defense.” saad pa ni Roque.

Roque: Maria Ressa conviction not an abuse of cybercrime law

Is the verdict against Maria Ressa a test case on how the law can be abused? No, says Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque, who called the conviction merely a case of "bad journalism and bad lawyering."In 2012, Roque had written an opinion piece on Rappler, where he warned that the cybercrime law might infringe on freedom of expression.

Posted by ANC 24/7 on Tuesday, June 16, 2020