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Six journalists killed in 2008 according to CMFR's annual Press Freedom Report

(CMFR/IFEX) - The following is a 24 March 2009 CMFR press release:


As the year 2008 ended, another radio broadcaster in Northern Samar was killed by unknown assailants. The killing of Leo Mila of dxSY brought the number of journalists and media practitioners killed in the line of duty in 2008 to six. Aside from killings and physical attacks, the Philippine press also faced legal suits and other harassment from government officials and powerful personalities.

The Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility (CMFR) reviewed the state of press freedom in the Philippines, focusing on the killings of journalists and other attacks on the press from January to December 2008. CMFR?s 2008 Press Freedom Report, the third since 2006, also looked at the legal environment for press freedom; problems in prosecuting suspects in the killing of journalists; and the state of media ownership in the country.

The report looks into these threats as part of the effort not only to record the details of a deteriorating press freedom situation that needs exposure, but also as part of CMFR's contribution to the campaign to improve respect for and observance of press freedom in the Philippine setting.

The Philippine Press Freedom Report 2008 is available online at the CMFR website. Copies are also available at the CMFR office, second floor, Ateneo Professional Schools Salcedo, 130 H.V. de la Costa, Salcedo Village, Makati City. Bulk orders from schools and libraries are provided at a discount. Those interested may call CMFR at (+632) 840-0889.

For further information on the Mila case, see:

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