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June 29, 2007

Arroyo a dismal failure in protecting journalists in the Philippines

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has vowed to protect journalists in the Philippines, but their death toll has risen to 53 under her administration. While the country’s press remains one of the freest and most vibrant communities of journalists in Southeast Asia, its members — particularly those outside Metro Manila and other major urban centers — have been targets of violence for years, and there appears to be nothing being put forward to change this trend. The latest victim was reporter... MORE