PH is still 3rd most dangerous country for journalists after Iraq and Somalia
(SPOT.ph) The Philippines remains third in the list of most dangerous countries for journalists due largely to the unresolved Maguindanao massacre, reports ABS-CBN News. The Philippines comes after Iraq and Somalia.
According the article, the United States-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) posted on its 2011 Impunity Index Report: "The government’s case against dozens of defendants in the 2009 massacre in Maguindanao province, in which 32 journalists and media workers were killed, reflects an overall pattern in which Philippine authorities often identify suspects but rarely win convictions."
The CPJ report also mentioned that trial proceedings in the Maguindanao killings have been full of threats and bribes for the witnesses, and incompetence and corruption among investigators. "The slow-moving prosecution has yielded no convictions, thus far," the CPJ report said.
According to the report, the CPJ recorded 69 murdered journalists since 1992. Sixty-one percent covered the politics beat, while 42 percent covered corruption.
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