The NBI on Thursday confirmed that it filed a libel
complaint against Rappler on March 2, but did not provide details on why it reversed its earlier dismissal of the cyber libel
complaint filed by businessman Wilfredo Keng over a 2012 article.
Richard Garin, her husband, filed a separate libel
complaint against Ubial on January 26.
One major benefit from decriminalizing libel
and slander would be that it would reduce the value of gossip.
Our current libel
laws are a sham and a disgrace and do not represent American values or American fairness so we're going to take a strong look at that," he told reporters as he met members of his Cabinet.
protections for the press might go too far and that the country's libel
and slander laws should resemble British law.
Amaral, who led the initial investigation into the disappearance in 2007, has been ordered to pay Madeleine's parents PS358,000 in 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.
Although this bill abolishes the penalty of imprisonment, it has increased the amount from the present maximum of P6,000 to the maximum of P30,000, to accomplish the purpose of penalizing libel
and deterring would be violators," Rodriguez said.
Legal aid, of course, has never been available for libel
cases, making it an area of law that has to a very large extent been reserved for the rich and the powerful.
Brad Adams, HRW Asia director said: "The law's criminal penalties for online libel
and other restrictions are a serious threat to free expression in the Philippines.
The court was acting according to the archaic English libel
law that predates not only the Internet, but also the light bulb.
Bakri will be charged according to clause 6 of the Libel
Law, which sets a punishment of up to one year in prison for deliberate libel
The issue of 'libel
tourism' has also figured prominently in the recent libel
law reform process in the United Kingdom, although English courts arguably had already begun to take a more rigorous approach to the exercise of jurisdiction over defamation cases with an international dimension to them.
Darren O'Brien's The Pinnacle of Hatred: The Blood Libel
and the Jews
, defamatory libel
, and corrupting children are three crimes which seem to not fit with our current age and conceptions of what is criminal and what is not.