No consolation: The SC and the Cybercrime Law

Posted at 02/18/2014 5:04 PM

In an age where citizen participation in the fight against corruption is being solicited by governments around the world, the Philippines' highest court has just opened the gate to those out to harass watchdogs.

As a member of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP), I have always stood for the decriminalization of libel. I have yet to read the full text of the decision but think, it’s hardly any consolation that the ruling reportedly exempts cases where it covers persons other than the original author.

I am talking not just as a journalist. The SC ruling leaves a huge swathe of our social-media crazy people vulnerable.