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Information about the vulnerability of journalists and activists in the Philippines

The murder of activist, journalist, and beloved veterinarian Doc Gerry Ortega and the plan to murder Mayor Hagedorn are not isolated incidents.

 

Here is some information about the devastating situation and vulnerability of journalists and activists in the Philippines:

 

The Philippines has one of the highest rates in the world of murdering activists and journalists

Many cases are connected to anti mining activists

 

Suspects of killing the journalists and activists are police, military and corporation’s private forces

 

Most of the cases remain unresolved

 

“In 2008, the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council recommended that the Philippines “intensify its efforts to carry out investigations and prosecutions on extrajudicial killings and punish those responsible.” The Philippines government accepted those findings, but subsequently has only successfully prosecuted four cases of extrajudicial killings, say Human Rights Watch.” – Caritas Foundation

According to one 2009 account in the London Telegraph, 900 peastant leaders, environmental campaigners and students activists have been killed by mysterious death squads in the Philippines since 2001. Many of the deaths are associated with Philippine military operations in Mindinao.

List of Environmental Workers and Activists killed, missing and assassinated from January 2001 to September 2010 Chronological

List of Environmental Workers and Activists killed, missing and assassinated from January 2001 to September 2010 Chronological

Thirty seven environmental activists have been killed from 2001 to 2011, according to environmental group Kalikasan-PNE. Most were involved in campaigns against large-scale mining projects. Suspected perpetrators of these killings are police, military, and private security forces of private corporations.

By other accounts the list tops 54.

Four environmental activists have been murdered on Palawan Island since 2001.

Philippines — In addition to environmental workers and activists, the Philippines has a very high rate of media killings. According to a May 9, 2012 article by the Associated Press, at least 151 journalists have been killed since 1986, including 32 in 2009 in the single worst media killing anywhere in the world when suspected political clan members ambushed a rival’s convoy.

 

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