PH is still "the deadliest place" for media, says Southeast Asian Press Alliance

The Philippines is still the deadliest place in Southeast Asia for journalists according to the Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA), with 36 of 100 cases of impunity that the group documented this year done in the country.

The Philippines is still the deadliest place in Southeast Asia for journalists according to the Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA), with 36 of 100 cases of impunity that the group documented this year done in the country.

 

The Philippine Star reports that  the 36 cases that happened in the Philippines " included nine murders, 17 cases of threats, and 10 cases of attacks." Of 13 media killings that SEAPA monitored in the region, nine happened in the Philippines.

 

"SEAPA looks not only at acts of violence, but also legal action of states to suppress the right of freedom of opinion and expression," the group’s executive director, Gayathry Venkiteswaran, said. In September, President Benigno Aquino III signed the Cybercrime Prevention Act, which has been criticized as a blow against freedom of expression. The Supreme Court has issued a temporary restraining order to prevent the government from implementing it.

 

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