Let libel remain a crime to prevent abuse – ex-journalist Manicad
MANILA, Philippines — Former TV journalist Jiggy Manicad believes that libel should remain as a crime.
“Dapat pong krimen siya para wala pong pang-aabuso sa hanay nating mamamahayag,” he said when asked, during a senatorial debate Sunday night, whether or not libel should stay as a crime or not.
Malacañang accused Ressa of “abusing” her power as a member of media.
Manicad’s answer comes days after Rappler chief executive officer Maria Ressa was arrested for cyberlibel filed against her and a former researcher over a 2012 article.
READ: Rappler’s Maria Ressa arrested for cyberlibel
Manicad was also asked if Ressa should have been arrested.
“Nasa korte na yan at dapat niyang patunayan yung kanyang kaso,” the former journalist said.
Rappler, who has been critical of the Duterte administration, earlier denounced its chief’s arrest and described it as another attempt to “intimidate us.”
Ressa’s arrest also received widespread rebuke from both local and international journalists and media groups. /cbb
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