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Rappler's latest stories on media killings


In cold blood: This week's outlook

Nov 19, 2019 - 11:45 AM

It's been 10 years since the gruesome Maguindanao massacre. What makes warlords like the Ampatuans survive the ravages of time?

Cop tagged in Dumaguete broadcaster's slay surrenders

Nov 15, 2019 - 3:30 PM

Police Corporal Roger Rubio is the suspected gunman in the killing of radio blocktimer Dindo Generoso

SUSPECT. Police officer Roger Rubio, a suspect in the killing of radio broadcaster Dindo Generoso, is presented to the media. Screengrab from PCOO

Student journalists call for justice on 9th year of Maguindanao massacre

Nov 27, 2018 - 3:14 PM

'It’s frustrating to know that the justice system in the Philippines is clogged and the people behind the killings are not yet convicted,' says journalism student Frances Acorda

IN NUMBERS: Global threats to press freedom in 2018

Oct 26, 2018 - 8:00 PM

According to media watchdog Reporters Without Borders, at least 75 journalists have been killed in the past 10 months in countries all over the world

CENSORSHIP. The brutal murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi is just one among many other violent threats to press freedom in 2018. Left photo by Ozam Kose/AFP; Right photo from Shutterstock

Journalist murdered in Mexico, 9th in 2018

Sep 22, 2018 - 10:30 AM

(UPDATED) El Heraldo de Chiapas reporter Mario Gomez is the 9th reporter killed this year in Mexico, the second deadliest country in the world for journalists

LATEST VICTIM. Journalist Mario Gomez was shot by gunmen on Friday, September 21. Photo by Sergio Melgar Recinos/Facebook

Seventh journalist killed in Mexico this year

Jul 25, 2018 - 3:13 PM

Ruben Pat, who was shot dead outside a bar near Cancun, is the 7th journalist killed in 7 months in the country now known as one of the world's most dangerous for reporters

MEDIA KILLINGS. File photo of the protest of the killing of Mexican journalist Jose Guadalupe Chan last month. Photo by Joel Tzab/AFP

Radio announcer shot dead in Albay

Jul 20, 2018 - 7:31 AM

(8TH UPDATE) Joey Llana was on his way to his radio station when he was ambushed

KILLED. Legazpi City broadcaster Joey Llana was shot and killed Friday, July 20, in Daraga, Albay. Photo from Joey Lllana's Facebook account

Mindanao journos, Reporters Without Borders condemn killing of Denora

Jun 08, 2018 - 8:34 PM

RSF says Dennis Denora is the 6th journalist murdered during the term of President Rodrigo Duterte

[OPINION | NEWSPOINT] Missing the forest for the trees

May 05, 2018 - 2:25 PM

Indeed, China is emerging as the Duterte regime’s ultimate patron – as investor, infrastructure builder, labor and material supplier, and money lender – in a modern-day sort of colonial arrangement

Media groups record 85 attacks on press freedom under Duterte

May 03, 2018 - 6:30 PM

'Separately and together, these 85 cases have made the practice of journalism an even more dangerous endeavor under Duterte,' says Malou Mangahas, executive director of the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism

MEDIA FORUM. PCIJ Director Malou Mangahas at the 'Speak Truth to Power, Keep Power in Check' forum on May 3. 2018, with fellow panelists CMFR Executive Director Melinda Quintos de Jesus, NUJP Director Raymond Villanueva, and PPI Director Ariel Sebellino. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

Malacañang vows justice for slain priest, radio broadcaster

May 03, 2018 - 5:32 PM

'We will investigate that and punish the murderers,' says Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque, referring to the cases of priest Mark Ventura and radio broadcaster Edmund Sestoso

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, May 2, 2018

May 02, 2018 - 12:25 PM

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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Labor and Employment Secretary discuss some of the provisions of the Executive Order (EO) prohibiting illegal contractualization during the 116th Labor Day Celebration at the IEC Convention Center in Cebu City on May 1, 2018. The President signed the EO during the event signifying his firm commitment to put an end to illegal contractualization. Also in the photo is Sec. Bong Go of the Office of the Special Assistant to the President RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Alleged gunman named in killing of broadcaster Christopher Lozada

Mar 12, 2018 - 2:05 PM

The suspect, Rolly Mahilum, is said to be a 'close aide' of the family of Bislig City Mayor Librado Navarro

Why CA dissenters call Joel Reyes freedom 'premature, preposterous'

Jan 09, 2018 - 11:09 AM

The Gerry Ortega murder case is somehow linked to the multi-million Malampaya fund scam, over which Joel Reyes is also facing charges

PREMATURE? Court of Appeals Justice Maria Filomena Singh calls the majority decision to free former Palawan governor Joel Reyes premature.

Rappler Talk: Duterte's media security chief on Maguindanao massacre

Nov 22, 2017 - 7:58 PM

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Convictions for 2 Maguindanao massacre suspects expected in 2018

Nov 22, 2017 - 10:47 AM

The prosecution will ask the court this month to render judgment on Akmad Ampatuan Sr and Anwar Ampatuan Sr, says Presidential Task Force on Media Security chief Joel Egco

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, November 2, 2017

Nov 02, 2017 - 10:44 AM

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ATTACK. An investigator takes pictures with his phone near a pickup truck following an incident in New York on October 31, 2017.  Photo by Don Emmert/AFP

Impunity in PH, Gawad Sikatuna, NY terror suspect is Uber driver | Evening wRap

Nov 01, 2017 - 6:54 PM

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PH ranks 5th worst country in unsolved media killings

Nov 01, 2017 - 1:04 PM

While President Rodrigo Duterte created a task force to probe media killings, it has so far failed to hold accountable the people responsible for violence against journalists in the Philippines, the CPJ report says

Broadcaster killed in ambush in Surigao del Sur

Oct 25, 2017 - 2:14 PM

(UPDATED) The fatal ambush on Christopher Iban Lozada happened after he received death threats, some of which he posted on his Facebook page, says the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines

AMBUSHED. Broadcaster Christopher Iban Lozada is killed in an ambush in Bislig City, Surigao del Sur. Photo from the Facebook page of Christopher Iban Lozada

HRW urges PH state action vs media killings

Aug 12, 2017 - 3:20 PM

The New York based human rights organization says that media freedom will remain under threat if those responsible for killings of journalists are not held accountable

The tangled web in publisher Larry Que's slay case

May 04, 2017 - 12:59 PM

The Catanduanes cop charged with murder in the Larry Que case is the same policeman who is now accusing his superiors of giving kill orders against drug suspects

Radio announcer killed in Ilocos Sur

Jan 07, 2017 - 1:46 PM

UPDATED Mario Contaoi an instructor at the University of Northern Philippines for the last 25 years is attacked by motorcyle riding men in Magsingal town

SLAIN MEDIA MAN. Mario Contaoi, a radio announcer, is killed in Ilocos Sur on January 7, 2017. Photo from Mario Contaoi's Facebook page

Catanduanes publisher Larry Que slain – colleagues

Dec 20, 2016 - 9:10 PM

Larry Que publisher of the local paper Catanduanes News Now is the first journalist to be killed since Duterte s inauguration on June 30

7 years later: What happened to the Maguindanao massacre case?

Nov 23, 2016 - 11:43 AM

UPDATED Will the worst case of election related violence in the Philippines reach its resolution under the Duterte administration?

ONGOING CASE. Justice remains elusive for victims of the Maguindanao massacre. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

HRW: Duterte admin's probe into media killings 'dubious'

Oct 15, 2016 - 10:51 AM

Human Rights Watch says Journalists have reason to be skeptical about the integrity of a Duterte government inquiry because the government has been cheerleading killings without consequence in its so called war on drugs

Duterte creates presidential task force to probe media killings

Oct 13, 2016 - 7:05 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte signs an administrative order committing that the government will investigate unsolved cases of media killings

IMPUNITY. Authorities inspect the scene of the 2009 Ampatuan or Maguindanao massacre. Photo by AFP/Mark Navales

Somalia pressed over media freedom, journalist death toll

Sep 04, 2016 - 8:40 PM

A United Nations report says a total of 30 journalists were killed in Somalia between August 2012 and June 2016

United Nations soldiers secure a partially-crumbled perimeter wall following twin car bombings outside the UN's office in Mogadishu on July 26, 2016.  At least 13 people were killed on July 26 in twin bombings near UN and African Union buildings adjoining Mogadishu's airport, police said, in what the jihadist Shabaab group claimed as a suicide attack. / AFP PHOTO / MOHAMED ABDIWAHAB

Duterte & ICC, NUJP & Cayetano, Pacquiao | 12PM wRap

Aug 24, 2016 - 12:17 PM

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NUJP: 'Careless' Cayetano endangers PH journalists

Aug 23, 2016 - 6:56 PM

The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines says the unsubstantiated allegations of Senator Alan Peter Cayetano against the Philippine media put lives in danger

'IRRESPONSIBLE.' The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines has called out Senator Alan Peter Cayetano for issuing an 'irresponsible' statement against media reporting on the death toll in the war on drugs. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Global group of judges, lawyers to Duterte: Probe drug-related killings

Jul 18, 2016 - 10:05 PM

The International Commission of Jurists expresses concern over President Rodrigo Duterte s statements that appear to be encouraging extrajudicial killings of those involved in drugs

Task force on media killings to also tackle Maguindanao massacre

Jul 17, 2016 - 3:21 PM

Palace Communications Secretary Martin Andanar says the draft of the EO for the task force on media killings is already up for review

Lawmaker wants protection program for journalists

Jul 08, 2016 - 9:43 AM

The proposed Journalist Protection Security and Benefit Act seeks to protect members of the media who have reasonable grounds to believe that their lives are in danger

MEDIA SAFETY. The Philippines remains one of the most deadly places for journalists in the world.

Duterte and media killings: Pitfalls of working in local media

Jun 11, 2016 - 1:00 PM

While the world has already condemned President elect Rodrigo Duterte for his brash but truthful take on the state of community journalism his remarks serve as a warning that a pillar of our democracy is being threatened


Duterte camp to UN: He 'will never condone’ killings

Jun 11, 2016 - 8:24 AM

‘He does not condone the killing of journalists nor any citizen for that matter regardless of its purpose ’ incoming presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo says

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Jun 10, 2016 - 12:53 PM

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UN chief slams Duterte's remarks on media killings

Jun 09, 2016 - 10:21 PM

Ban Ki moon: I unequivocally condemn his apparent endorsement of extrajudicial killings which is illegal and a breach of fundamental rights and freedoms

DUTERTE AND MEDIA. Duterte holds a media briefing at the Presidential Guesthouse at DPWH Depot Compound, Panacan, Davao City. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Duterte to UN experts: 'Wrong premise' on media killings

Jun 08, 2016 - 6:16 PM

Duterte says My duty as president is to uphold and enforce the law and I will pursue and prosecute these killers to the hilt in accordance with law

PRESSCON. President-elect Rodrigo Duterte holds a press conference in Davao City on May 23, 2016. Photo by Manman Dejeto/ Rappler

UN experts slam Duterte over media killings

Jun 06, 2016 - 7:50 PM

President elect Rodrigo Duterte s recent comments on media killings are irresponsible in the extreme and unbecoming of any leader says Christof Heyns

NEXT PRESIDENT. A handout picture released by the Davao City Mayor's Office on June 5, 2016, shows Philippine President-elect Rodrigo Dutert speaking to supporters during a thanksgiving party in Davao City. Photo by King Rodriguez/Davao City Mayor's Office/EPA

Rodrigo Duterte, US-China talks, Muhammad Ali | 12PM wRap

Jun 06, 2016 - 1:48 PM

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#AnimatED: Impunity at our doorsteps

Jun 06, 2016 - 9:00 AM

President elect Rodrigo Duterte’s reckless statement justifying the killing of journalists applies to many professions

Female journalist gunned down in Somalia

Jun 05, 2016 - 11:35 PM

Sagal Salad Osman who works for state radio station Muqdisho dies instantly after being shot by unidentified men

Facebook takes down business journos' page after anti-Duterte post

Jun 05, 2016 - 5:30 PM

The Facebook page of the Economic Journalists Association of the Philippines EJAP is removed after the group posted a statement against President elect Rodrigo Duterte

Palace on Duterte's promise of change: 'Wait and see'

Jun 04, 2016 - 3:18 PM

The president is the principal architect of our international relations so it s better if we wait for the next president s official policy on foreign affairs a Palace official says

LAST PRESS CON? President-elect Rodrigo Duterte explains himself to journalists on June 2, 2016, after he came under fire for catcalling a female television reporter during an earlier press conference. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Controversial Duterte? 'Remember, he's strategic' – Cayetano

Jun 04, 2016 - 8:44 AM

The president elect s losing running mate comes to Rodrigo Duterte s defense amid a string of controversies sparked by statements he made

JUST STRATEGY? Senator Alan Peter Cayetano, Rodrigo Duterte's 2016 running-mate, talks to media in Davao City. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

UK envoy to Philippines hits media killings

Jun 04, 2016 - 8:00 AM

At the same time British Ambassador Asif Ahmad tells Rappler journalists need to be a bit more honest about what they re doing

'NEVER JUSTIFIED.' British Ambassador Asif Ahmad condemns media killings at a time when the issue has drawn more attention in the Philippines. Screen grab from Rappler video

Duterte on media killings: 'What can I do?'

Jun 03, 2016 - 10:29 AM

The president elect is dismissive and vague about how he intends to address the alarming rate of media killings in the Philippines

DUTERTE AND MEDIA. Duterte holds a media briefing at the Presidential Guesthouse at DPWH Depot Compound, Panacan, Davao City. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Media should be more 'discerning' about Duterte's statements – Panelo

Jun 01, 2016 - 7:16 PM

Duterte s statements on media killings were misinterpreted says his spokesman Salvador Panelo

MISINTERPRETED? Duterte's comments on media killings earn the ire of a journalist organization. Photo by Manman Dejeto/ Rappler

Duterte statement on media killings 'misinterpreted' – Pimentel

Jun 01, 2016 - 3:50 PM

Do not misinterpret the statement of the President Ang sinabi lang naman ng President we have freedom of the press but we also have to be responsible in exercising it

MISINTERPRETED. Senator Aquilino 'Koko' Pimentel III urges the media not to misinterpret the statement of president-elect Rodrigo Duterte on media killings. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Ortega family 'incensed' over Duterte justification of media killings

Jun 01, 2016 - 2:14 PM

Criticizing Rodrigo Duterte s justification of media killings the family of Gerry Ortega says the slain radio broadcaster was killed for exposing corruption

SLAIN REPORTERS. The family of slain broadcaster Gerry Ortega hits president-elect Rodrigo Duterte for justifying the murder of journalists.