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Supreme Court finds Internet libel in Cybercrime Law constitutional

 

Reportedly,  Supreme Court released its ruling  that the online libel law in the controversial Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 is constitutional, even though it will affect others, including one that authorizes  the Department of Justice (DOJ) to limit or block access to data disobeying  the law.

Nevertheless, the high court, furnished  on Tuesday "partially granting" the 15 combined  petitions against the law, making it clear that only original authors of libelous material are covered by the cybercrime law, and not those who got it  or  gave their reactions to it.

“The high court… declared Section 4(c)(4), which penalized online libel, is not unconstitutional with respect to the original author of the post but unconstitutional only where it penalizes those who simply receive the post or react to it," said SC spokesman Theodore Te, who announced the ruling in a press briefing.

Afterward, a text message to reporters were sent, Te clarified that online contents posted earlier  to the issuance of the SC ruling, including the time  of the temporary restraining order (TRO), are not yet covered by the law.