Philippines most dangerous country for journalists

The Philippines this year has been the world’s most dangerous country for journalists, an official of the advocacy group the Committee to Protect Journalists told CNN’s “Amanpour” program Wednesday. The killing of at least 18 reporters in a massacre that claimed the lives of almost 60 people this week means the Philippines is now even more hazardous than Iraq for journalists, said Bob Dietz, CPJ Asia Program coordinator. The massacre in the Philippines is the single worst mass killing of journalists in history, according to the CPJ. The reporters were part of a group of more than 50 unarmed civilians traveling to register a candidate in an upcoming gubernatorial election in the southern province of Maguindanao. Violence against journalists is nothing new. Ressa, a former CNN Jakarta Bureau Chief and now managing editor of ABS-CBN in Manila, said attacks on reporters come from many directions, even the government. She added that there is a culture of impunity in the Philippines, and journalists there have to develop a “sixth sense” to operate in areas where law and order is weak, so they can tell where the danger is coming from even as they continue trying to tell the story of the people who live in those areas.

http://edition.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/asiapcf/11/25/philippines.danger/

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