Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Libel Case involving a Filipino Blog --- Dismissed

The Makati Regional Trial Court today dismissed one of the libel cases filed against members of the Parents Enabling Parents (PEP) Coalition for content appearing on the blogsite, According to the Inquirer report , the case was dismissed for failure of the Complainants to show malice on the part of the authors of the blogsite when they posted their opinion on the fate of fellow plan holders on the blog.

I hope they post a copy of the decision online for all its worth so everyone can learn from them. This is the second Philippine blog that has been the subject of a libel case (the first one being the PCIJ blog), and its historical significance cannot be over-emphasized as the blog medium becomes more and more popular in a country where the integrity of journalists is sometimes questionable.


Rizalist said...

I thought it was PCIJ and Jonathan Tiongco's case libel case last year that has this distinction?

But I am glad these guys were able to successfully fend off a clear harassment.

marvin said...

Ooops mea culpa! Will correct this as soon as I get back on my desk. This should be second. ;-)