October 9, 2012. Following massive protests online and offline, and fifteen petitions before the Supreme Court (SC), the implementation of Republic Act 10175, also known as the Anti-Cybercrime Law, was stopped by a 120-day SC temporary restraining order (TRO).
One of the law’s provisions challenged by many is the online libel clause under Section 4(c)(4), which extends the definition of libel to acts committed online. Violation of this provision would incur a punishment of up to a six-year prison term, one degree higher than what is set as a penalty for libel under the Revised Penal Code.
The 120-day TRO will lapse on February 6, 2013.
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