Star removes story vs Wilfredo Keng out of prudence

The Philippine Star – one of the leading broadsheets in the country – recently removed from its news website an article linking businessman Wilfredo Keng in the murder of former Manila councilor Chika Go.

Star admitted taking down the 2002 article titled ” Influential businessman eyed in ex-councilor’s slay “after Keng threatened to file lawsuit.

Keng was the same Filipino-Chinese businessman who filed a cyber-libel complaint against Rappler’s Maria Ressa and the online news outfit’s former writer.

Ressa got arrested by the National Bureau of Investigation but posted bail before a Manila court.

Industry sources disclosed Star’s move of removing the August 12, 2002 story was a wise move as it was deemed “bordering on libel.”

“Although laws are not supposed to be applied retroactively, the scope and bounds of the Cybecrime Prevention Act of 2012 are still unexplored and the takedown was seen as a prudent course of action. At this time, it is not clear if any live digital element on the article page outside the 17-year-old article could be used against us,” Star said in a statement Saturday evening.

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