It is time for the Philippines to decriminalize libel

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Philippine Star

Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury , Amal Clooney – October 13, 2021 | 10:30am Earlier this year, the Philippines Supreme Court took a bold step to protect the press by recognizing that “the constitutionality of criminalizing libel is doubtful.” Overturning a journalist’s prison sentence for reporting on corruption by a customs official, the Supreme Court found that civil sanctions for defamation are “more consistent with our democratic values” than jail time. This is undoubtedly correct. And at a time when the world is made up of more autocratic states than democratic ones, and more th…

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