Philippines

2010

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As bombings spread, Pakistan deadliest nation

At least 42 journalists are killed in 2010 as two trends emerge. Suicide attacks and violent street protests cause an unusually high proportion of deaths. And online journalists are increasingly prominent among the victims. A CPJ special report

A December suicide attack in Pakistan's Mohmand tribal district claimed the lives of two journalists. (Reuters/Umar Qayyum)

Reports   |   Multimedia, Philippines

Video Report: In pursuit of justice


A year after the massacre in Maguindanao province, a faltering Philippine legal system struggles to bring justice. From the murder scene in Ampatuan to the presidential palace in Manila, a CPJ delegation travels the country to examine the shocking attack and the many obstacles to winning convictions. Family members, justice officials, and political leaders talk about the challenges in this video, which premiered at the 2010 CPJ International Press Freedom Awards.  

Read CPJ's special report, "Impunity on trial in the Philippines."

November 24, 2010 12:53 PM ET

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CPJ's Press Freedom Awards remember Maguindanao

Members of CPJ's delegation to the Philippines can be seen here in a video still on the killing grounds where 57 people lost their lives in the Maguindano massacre.
November 23 marked both an evening of celebration of the courageous and remembrance of the slain: CPJ's annual International Press Freedom Awards fell on the exact one-year anniversary of the Maguindanao massacre in the Philippines, the deadliest attack on the press ever recorded in CPJ history.
November 24, 2010 12:26 PM ET

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Marking Maguindanao, events for reflection, justice

Tuesday is the anniversary of the deadliest attack on the press ever recorded by CPJ. On November 23, 2009, 32 journalists and media workers were shot and killed in a massacre of 57 people in Ampatuan, in the southern province of Maguindanao. The victims were part of a convoy accompanying the supporters and relatives of a local politician filing candidacy papers in the provincial govenrnor's race. 

November 22, 2010 4:41 PM ET

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Impunity on trial in the Philippines

The prosecution of dozens of defendants in the 2009 Maguindanao murders is testing a faltering judicial system in the Philippines. Bribes, intimidation, attacks, and flawed detective work already threaten to undermine the government’s case. Will this massacre go unpunished? A CPJ special report by Shawn W. Crispin

Reporter Aquiles Zonio at the site of the Maguindanao massacre. (CPJ/María Salazar-Ferro)

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From grief of Maguindanao, a woman finds meaning

Grace Morales lost her husband, her sister, and her sense of security. She didn't lose hope. By María Salazar-Ferro

Grace Morales, left, with her three children and niece. (CPJ/María Salazar-Ferro)
November 10, 2010 12:01 AM ET

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Audio report: Impunity on trial in the Philippines




In our special report, "Impunity on trial in the Philippines," CPJ examines the troubled prosecution of defendants in the 2009 massacre of more than 30 journalists and media support workers in Maguindanao province. Among other problems, CPJ found that local investigators mishandled forensic evidence and failed to cooperate with federal prosecutors. Listen to the mp3 on the player above, or right click here to download. (2:44)

Read CPJ's special report, "Impunity on trial in the Philippines."

November 10, 2010 12:00 AM ET

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Remembering Philippine prosecutor Leo Dacera

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Leo Dacera, a senior state prosecutor and head of the witness protection program for the Philippine Department of Justice, died suddenly on November 4. Initial news reports said Dacera, 54, left, was the victim of an apparent heart attack. Dacera's untimely death is a tremendous blow to all those seeking to end the culture of impunity in Philippine journalist murders. 

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Despite fatal shootout, Philippines officials meet with CPJ

President Aquino, here with his cabinet at Malacañang Palace, has frankly addressed issues like impunity and journalists' rights. (Reuters/Romeo Ranoco)
About 18 hours after eight hostages and the gunmen holding them in a tourist bus were killed in a shootout with police in the heart of Manila, officials broke away from the demands of the moment to meet with a CPJ delegation in the president's offices at Malacañang Palace. Justice Secretary Leila de Lima was also scheduled to attend, but she was laid up in the hospital, suffering from pneumonia and exhaustion. With the ugly resolution of the hostage situation--it happened less than a mile from Malacañang--President Benigno Aquino understandably had pressing matters to attend to. 

August 24, 2010 10:55 AM ET

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CPJ meets Philippine officials, urges anti-impunity policies

Manila, August 24, 2010--Nine months after the killing of 32 journalists and media workers in the southern Philippines, a delegation from the Committee to Protect Journalists met today with justice officials in Manila and called on the government of President Benigno Aquino to address pervasive impunity in the recurring murders of journalists in the country. 

August 24, 2010 10:45 AM ET

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