Ngayong araw ay hinatulan ng korte si Rappler Chief Executive Officer Maria Ressa ng guilty kaugnay sa kasong cyber-libel na inihain ng private citizen at businessman na si Wilfredo Keng.
Ang kaso ay nag-ugat sa artikulo ng Rappler na diumano’y konektado daw si Mr. Keng sa droga at human trafficking.
Narito po ang pahayag ng kampo ni Mr. Keng laban sa pinagagagawa ng Rappler.
“Rappler, unmindful of the damaging effect of their defamatory article, turned a blind eye and deaf ear. That is the real issue. Was there basis for their reckless accusation? THey did not show basis for these accusation. Where is the violation of press freedom there? THey have totally forgotten their duty to uphold the truth. Wtih the power they wield, they have forgotten their accountability. That is the case. Nothing else,” banat ng Atty. Melissa Andaya, abogado ni Mr. Keng.
Alam niyo ba na noong nakaraang taon ay ikinumpara ni Ressa ang pag-uulat sa Pilipinas sa isang war zone?
“This is far worse than any war zone that I’ve been in… In a war zone you know exactly where the threats are coming from. We’ve been living through three years of this kind of hell.” boladas ni Ressa sa kanyang panayam sa foreign media.
Sinisisi din ni Ressa ang pamahalaan ni Pangulong Rodrigo Roa Duterte sa kamalasan na sinasapit niya.
“(those actions are meant to) pound me into silence… The head of that arresting group told our reporter, ‘Be silent, or you’re next.’ And that is exactly what the government is doing, systematically. Be silent, or you’re next… Enshrined in the Philippine constitution, which is similar to the United States, is the bill of rights: freedom of expression, freedom of the press. These are enshrined. And yet, freedom of the press has been curtailed,” patutsada pa ni Ressa.