Must Watch: Spokesman Harry Roque Lectures Karen Davila About Journalism and How Libel Laws Works

Former Congressman and current Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque lectured veteran news presenter Karen Davila about journalism and how libel law worked in the Philippines after Davila released a statement defending Maria Ressa.


Spokesman Harry Roque showed no hesitation on defending the decision of the court against Rappler CEO Maria Ressa who was convicted on libel charges filed against her. In an interview with ABS-CBN journalist Karen Davila, the Presidential Spokesman lectured the veteran journalist.



Karen Davila is one of the few journalist who questioned the decision against Maria Ressa as she posted on social media the following statement "What a sad day for democracy. #IStandWithMaria Ressa," Davila said.

During an interview, Karen Davila questioned why Spokesman Roque who's a former columnist of Rappler wrote an article in 2012 against the cybercrime law.

Spokesman Roque responded to Davila by saying that the President has a history of opposing libel in the Philippines.

The President has never filed any libel case in his almost 40 years of career as a politician, which means he does not believe in the use of libel in suppressing freedom of expression,” Roque said.

Roque reiterated that the issue should not be connected to the freedom of the press.

“There is no suppression of freedom of the press. It was a case of bad journalism. It was a case of bad lawyering.” Roque said



The veteran lawyer, Atty. Roque also reminded the ABS-CBN news presenter that as a journalist she must be aware of the libel laws in the Philippines.

You are a journalist, Karen, we studied in the same school, and we all know how libel laws operate in the Philippines. If the complainant is a private individual, there is malice in law. There is a legal presumption that the malicious imputation is in fact malicious. And by way of defense, we have to show that there is no malice. How? By showing either step taken to verify the truth,” Roque said.

“There was no fact-checking, it’s basic. Before you call someone criminal, make sure they are criminals. Where is the conviction? Where is even the complaint? You know what I’m saying. After all, that’s the very definition of what libel is – Imputation of a crime – why wasn’t that vetted,” he added.

Spokesman Harry Roque and Karen Davila are both products of the University of the Philippines-Diliman.

Watch Karen Davila's Interview with Spokesman Harry Roque:



Source: Facebook 

Must Watch: Spokesman Harry Roque Lectures Karen Davila About Journalism and How Libel Laws Works Must Watch: Spokesman Harry Roque Lectures Karen Davila About Journalism and How Libel Laws Works Reviewed by Phil Newsome on June 20, 2020 Rating: 5
Powered by Blogger.