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Prohibited publication of acts referred to in official proceedings, A357 Revised Penal Code

Prohibited publication of acts referred to in the course of official proceedings – refer to the offense of publishing facts connected with the private life of another and offensive to the honor, virtue and reputation of said person, even though said publication be made in connection with or under the pretext that it is necessary in the narration of any judicial or administrative proceedings wherein such facts have been mentioned.

1. Concept

Official proceedings – refers to judicial or administrative proceedings.

Private life – refers to that area or sphere of an individual’s life which is not readily accessible to the public, and, in some cases, intentionally kept away from the prying eyes of others.

Prohibited publication of acts referred to in the course of official proceedings – refer to the offense of publishing facts connected with the private life of another and offensive to the honor, virtue and reputation of said person, even though said publication be made in connection with or under the pretext that it is necessary in the narration of any judicial or administrative proceedings wherein such facts have been mentioned.

a. Legal basis

Art. 357. Prohibited publication of acts referred to in the course of official proceedings. - The penalty of arresto mayor or a fine of Forty thousand pesos (P40,000) to Two hundred thousand pesos (P200,000), or both, shall be imposed upon any reporter, editor or manager of a newspaper, daily or magazine, who shall publi...

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