[In the news]Supreme Court tackles online libel provision in debates over Cybercrime Law | Sun.Star

Supreme Court tackles online libel provision in debates over Cybercrime Law | Sun.Star.
January 15, 2013

sunstar-network copyMANILA (Updated) — Justices of the Supreme Court (SC) began entertaining arguments against the constitutionality of Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 on Tuesday, as a lawyer called on Congress to finally decriminalize libel.

In discussing the demerits of online libel and cybersex, University of the Philippines professor Harry Roque said these provisions should be struck down for infringing on freedom of expression. He said the provisions are not clear and prone to abuse.

He also pitched to the justices the call of the United Nations Human Rights Committee to lessen the gravity of penalty for those who will be found guilty of libel. Instead, the offender should be accountable for civil damages, he said.

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