Campaign Against Impunity
Murdered:January 24, 2011, in Puerto Princesa City, Philippines
Beats: Business, Corruption, Politics
Case status: Partial impunity
"Don't allow the story to end here. We must put the guilty behind bars."
- Michaella Ortega, daughter of journalist and activist Gerardo Ortega following the conviction of a gunman who shot her father.
Ortega aired investigations into illegal mining and political misconduct in Palawan province on local radio until his assassination in 2011. While the gunman and a person who arranged the hit have been sentenced, the two men they implicated as ordering and paying for the crime--former Palawan Governor Joel Reyes and his brother Mario, a former mayor--still await trial. Despite having evaded arrest for more than three years, Mario Reyes was granted bail in early May 2016. The Philippines is #4 on CPJ's 2015 Impunity Index. Not one of the masterminds behind the killing of more than 40 journalists over the past decade has been brought to justice. Help ensure that those with money and power are not above the law by calling on president elect Rodrigo Duterte to ensure a swift trial of the Reyes brothers.
From Brazil to Pakistan, Russia to India, CPJ names the 12 countries where journalists are regularly murdered and the killers go unpunished. The Index calculates the number of unsolved journalist murders as a percentage of each country's population. Details »
From Colombia to Somalia, organizations around the world work to end impunity. Responding to our voices, the U.N. General Assembly established November 2 as the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists. Learn more about how the global response to impunity and what you can do November 2. Resources »
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• Slideshow: Seeking the Mastermind
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