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Nearly 90 percent of the journalists slain in the line of duty during the Arroyo administration (which came to office in 2001) were exposing corruption, says "Philippine Press Freedom Report 2007", a study published by the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility (CMFR). Others were killed for reporting on and criticising illegal gambling and the drug trade in their localities.

CFMR's second annual study says 33 journalists have been killed in the line of duty since 2001, while some 20 others were killed because of non-media related causes. Police officers and other government officials have been identified as prime suspects in at least nine cases.

Find the report at CMFR's website:

(23 Oct. 2007)

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