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In Supreme Court Appeal, Maria Ressa Claims Rappler Is Satire, A Protected Free Speech!

MANILA, Philipppines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Rappler CEO Maria Ressa has filed an amendment brief to her case before the Supreme Court in which she is appealing the decision of the lower courts to convict her of cyber libel.

The Court of Appeals in its October 10 decision upheld its earlier ruling that affirmed a lower court’s conviction, and added eight months to her six-year jail sentence.

Ressa and former Rappler researcher and writer Reynaldo Santos were convicted in June 2020 in a cyber libel case brought by a businessman over an online article in 2012 by Rappler that linked him to illegal activities.

In the amendment brief filed by her lawyers, Ressa claimed that her online new source, Rappler, is a satirical site and as such is protected by the universal principle of free speech.

Ressa’s claim boomerangs on an earlier article published by Rappler, saying that The Adobo Chronicles is NOT satire and borders more on “fake news.”

(Read the Rappler article HERE.)

Moral of the story: Be careful what you say or publish. It may come back and hit you!

Maria Ressa’s Rappler Reinvents Itself!

MANDALUYONG, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Mandaluyong Bureau) – Year after year, surveys have shown that Rappler, the online news source owned by Nobel Laureate and convicted criminal Maria Ressa, is among the least — if not the least — trusted news brands-in the Philippines.

But that hasn’t stopped Rappler from reinventing itself in order to remain competitive in the news business.

Yesterday, Ressa announced that Rappler is changing its name and logo to maRites to reflect its shift from accurate news to gossip and speculation.

For starters, Rappler posted a story graphic claiming that there is a rift between Bongbong and Imee Marcos. The “story” coincided with the 37th anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution.

Was Rappler speculating on sibling rivalry or a mere difference in political opinion?