Philippines: Not an Iraq But Ever Dangerous to Journalists
Manila, Philippines – Are journalists meant to be shut up and finally killed?
The past maybe the past, but they are bound to be repeated if they are ignored. It is time to look into journalist killings all over again, perchance there is any hope for change. That these things have set a pattern for others to follow indicates that the gangrene is there: the penchant to shut up somebody’s mouth from telling the truth.
Immediately following is a register of journalists in the Philippines killed, detained, harassed, or threatened while doing their duty. The period spans barely the last decade from 2002 up to the present although for the recent years, data have yet to be consolidated. At times, these reports that include classic cases give a description of the event and the situation obtaining. The main sources for these are Reporters without Borders and the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and their rendition have been preserved. Included in this report are most recent ones known to the public but ignored by mainstream media. The details of this later part shall be covered in another account.