Libel Case Cleared Against Philippines Broadcaster After Seven Years

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) welcomes reports that

broadcaster Jun Digamon has finally been cleared of libel charges after a seven

year legal battle against a former local TV celebrity.

 

According to the National Union of Journalists

of the Philippines (NUJP),

an IFJ affiliate, a Regional Trial Court Branch 17 judge found last week that

there was no evidence of libel in Digamon’s reporting and commentary for Radyo

Bombo over an alleged affair between celebrity Jeanette Lomanta and Davao congressman

Prospero Nograles.

 

Nograles and Lomanta sued several reporters, including

Digamon and fellow Radyo Bombo journalist Alex Adonis.

 

In April 2007 Adonis, 43, was sentenced to four years’ jail after

not being able to afford to defend himself against the libel charge.


“We welcome Digamon’s acquittal and repeat that there is no place for criminal

libel in the Philippines,”

IFJ Asia-Pacific Director Jacqueline

Park said.

 

“Journalists have a duty to report on all issues in the

public interest. While today we applaud the decision to clear Digamon of

criminal charges, we remember that Adonis is in jail merely for doing his job.”

 

The IFJ joins the NUJP

in issuing an urgent plea to the Philippines government to abolish

the draconian libel laws so that all journalists can continue with their

courageous work.

 

For further

information contact IFJ Asia-Pacific on +612 9333 0919

 

The IFJ

represents over 600,000 journalists in

120 countries worldwide