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Global Journalist: Impunity in 2009 Filipino Journalist Massacre

Nonoy Espina
National Union of Journalists of the Philippines

In November 2009 in the Philippines, a convoy of dozens of journalists, lawyers and political activists were traveling to register an opposition candidate for governor of a province called Maguindanao.

The group of cars were stopped on the road by armed men in broad daylight. Fifty-eight people from the convoy were then shot to death, including 32 journalists and media workers. Six years later, no one has been convicted of the mass-killing. 

On this edition of Global Journalist, the legacy of the Maguindanao massacre and a look at why reporters are killed with impunity in the Philippines.

Our guests this week:

  • David Kaye, the United Nations special rapporteur on the promotion and protection of freedom of expression.
  • Bob Dietz, the Asia program coordinator for the Committee to Protect Journalists.
  • Nonoy Espina, director of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines and senior editor of the Filipino news site InterAksyon.
Jason left Global Journalist in 2019
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