Philippines One of Deadliest Peacetime Nations for Journalists

More than 24 journalist murders have gone unsolved in the Philippines in the last decade. That’s according to a new report by the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists.

Shawn Crispin, CPJ Senior Representative for Southeast Asia, told ABS-CBN news that the findings should prompt the Arroyo administration to act:

“Our research shows that the impunity rate in killed journalists’ cases here still hovers above 90 percent, one of the highest in the world,” he said.

From the CPJ report, released March 23rd:

At least 24 journalist murders have gone unsolved in the last decade. This pervasive climate of impunity has led to repeated attacks on the press, with renewed levels of violence recorded in 2008. In just one week in August 2008, radio journalists Martin Roxas and Dennis Cuesta were fatally shot. CPJ research has shown local courts to be ineffective in trying journalist murders. Witnesses have been threatened, attacked, and killed while cases were being tried in local courts. Local judges have been reluctant to proceed with cases involving influential public figures.

Check out the full report here. The only other country listed with more unsolved murders is Iraq, with 88. Other countries in the region listed as dangerous for journalists are Nepal, Bangladesh, and India.

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