In the Philippines, journalists are working in one of the most dangerous environments in the world:
Philippine journalists are dropping like flies, and the authorities are blaming the victims for their own violent deaths. Four journalists murdered between July 31 and Aug. 12 brought to 55 the number killed since 1986. Astoundingly, not one of those cases has resulted in criminal conviction.
The article by Inday Espina-Varona concludes:
President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo says she supports a free press. She has ordered law enforcers to investigate the deaths of journalists. She claims that her administration is a friend of the media. Yet her repeated orders to arrest the killers have been largely ignored. The man she assigned to investigate these killings, Angelo Reyes, the former defense secretary, has said he cannot see any “trend” in the slayings.
Journalists have enough enemies without friends like this. Inday Espina-Varona is chairwoman of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines.