EDITORIAL – Again, impunity
The Philippine Star
January 07, 2012
In the first week of the year, with the Christmas season not even officially over, another journalist has been murdered. Christopher Guarin, publisher of a community newspaper and a “block-timer” on radio station dxMD in General Santos City, was ambushed while driving home with his wife and nine-year-old daughter late Thursday night. Two men on a motorcycle opened fire and continued shooting as Guarin got out of his car and tried to run. He died of five gunshot wounds.
Police are still trying to determine if the murder was related to Guarin’s work in mass media. He is the first journalist to be killed this year and the 10th since President Aquino assumed power. More attacks are likely to follow unless perpetrators are brought to justice. Scores of journalists have been murdered in the Philippines since the restoration of democracy in 1986, making the country one of the most dangerous in the world for media workers. The poor record in solving the murders has made the country rank third, after Iraq and Somalia, on a so-called Impunity Index drawn up by the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists.
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