Why bloggers, reporters need to be cautious when publishing blind items

My reply to Prof. Oscar Franklin Tan's question on libel by Raïssa Robles - Be very cautious when publishing blind items about individuals, I recently told journalism students in Cebu. Because "if you later write a piece that gives the identity of that person away you can be sued. Because under Philippine law, one can be sued for libel based on your body of works and not just on one piece," I said. I did not expect a prominent graduate of Harvard Law school to comment on this particular phrase

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Justice official turns “cyber-bullying” into a criminal offense without Congress’ approval

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Exclusive By Raïssa Robles Cyber-bullying was never mentioned in the Cybercrime Prevention Law or Republic Act No. 10175 that the Supreme Court has upheld as constitutional. And yet the draft Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) that Justice Assistant Secretary Geronimo Sy released to the media not only adds a new section on cyber-bullying...

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A License To Snoop: Why the Cybercrime Law is not the answer to child cyber porn

To combat cyber porn using children, the government is vigorously pushing for the Supreme Court to unfreeze the Cybercrime Law (Republic Act 10175) and allow it to take effect....I cannot stress enough the dangers of the Cybercrime Law. Its atrocious lack of safeguards can easily enable rogue cops and government officials to commit crimes of extortion and blackmail using the digital highway.

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What the Cybercrime Law really means

I cannot stress enough the importance of making sure that the present Cybercrime Law does not go into effect. Ever. The Supreme Court earlier issued a temporary court injunction which may end by February 6, 2013. Congress goes on recess by February 9 this year, or three days after  SC’s TRO lapses. Either  Congress radically amends the present Cybercrime Law […]

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