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PH remains 3rd in Impunity Index

MANILA, Philippines - The Philippines has remained 3rd for the fourth straight year in a global index for impunity, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), an international press freedom organization.

On Thursday, May 2, the CPJ released its 2013 Impunity Index, which lists countries where journalists are killed regularly and those murders have remained unsolved.

The Philippines has remained high on the Impunity Index due to the Maguindanao Massacre in 2009. As the CPJ report explains, Philippine police "have yet to make headway in the prosecution of dozens of suspects in a politically motivated massacre in Maguindanao province that claimed the lives of more than 50 people, including 32 journalists and media workers, in 2009." It also notes that 3 witnesses in the case have also been murdered, with one of them getting dismembered and mutilated.

The Philippines has maintained a position in the Impunity Index since the CPJ began its analysis in 2008. "The static nature of the list," the CPJ explains, "highlights the challenges in reversing entrenched impunity and high rates of anti-press violence."

Going to the Philippines-specific page for the CPJ Impunity Index leads to a statistical analysis of the beats of the slain journalists. The names of the slain journalists and their news outfits are below, organized by time periods.

1992-1996

 

1997-2001

 

 

2002-2006

 

 

2007-2011

 

 

2012-present

 

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