Last Monday, Rappler CEO Maria Ressa met with NBI officials in compliance with a subpoena over an online libel complaint filed by a businessman named Wilfredo Keng.

Ressa, along with Rappler reporter Reynaldo Santos and businessman Benjamin Bitanga, appeared in a meeting with the NBI’s Cybercrime Division. According to Ressa, the NBI were cordial, but she still saw the move as a continuing pattern of harassment against Rappler.  

The complaint stemmed from a Rappler story which says that Keng lent his SUV to impeached justice Renato Corona. Rappler lawyer JJ Disini said that if the article, which was published 2012 before the enactment of the Cybercrime Law, will be considered libelous, then anyone who has had a libelous article that continues to be accessible today may charged with libel. He added that the issue will not only affect the media, but bloggers as well, and that mere accessibility of an online story cannot be used as a defense.

Source: CNN Philippines

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