Filipino journalist Maria Ressa has asked the prosecutor to file the second cyber-defamation complaint filed by a businessman against her, the first lawsuit that resulted in her being convicted in June.
Ressa, director of the digital newspaper Rappler and target of the attack by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, has claimed that businessman Wilfredo Keng’s allegations in the new lawsuit are “false and malicious.”
The complaint is based on a message with screenshots from a 2002 article in The Philippine Star newspaper that Keng was allegedly linked to the murder of a former local top man in Manila. The article mentioned that Keng was suspected of being involved in illegal activities.
In his affidavit against the new lawsuit, Ressa argues that the new “total loss” complaint should be filed, pointing out that the cybercrime law can only be applied to the original authors of the alleged defamatory content and not to those Those who do receive or respond to this material.