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‘You’re a journalist, you know how libel laws operate!’ Davila, Supalpal kay Roque!

Isa si ABS-CBN news anchor Karen Davila sa mga nagpakita ng pagkadismaya ng hatulan ng korte si Rappler CEO Maria Ressa ng guilty nitong Lunes.

“What a sad day for democracy. #IStandWithMariaRessa,” boladas ni Davila sa kanyang socialmedia account.

Nitong Miyekules ay nakapanayam ni Davila si Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque at napag-usapan ang kaso ni Ressa.

Mapapansin sa interview na inuungkat ni Davila ang naging hakbang dati ni Roque laban sa cyber-libel.

Hindi naman pinalampas ni Roque ang tinatangka ni Davila. Dinepensahan din ni Roque si Pangulong Rodrigo Roa Duterte ukol sa isyu ng libel.

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

“There was no fact checking, it’s basic. Before you call someone criminal, make sure they are criminals. Where is the conviction? Where is even the complaint? You know what I’m saying. After all, that’s the very definition of what libel is – Imputation of a crime – why wasn’t that vetted,” dagdag pa ni Roque.

Sa panayam naman sa Inquirer, giniit ni Roque na pwedeng managot ang mga mamamahayag 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.”

Source: Office of the Presidential Spokesperson | Office of the Presidential Spokesperson | Office of the Presidential Spokesperson | ANC | Karen Davila

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