Philippines – Journalist shot dead


Jesus Malabanan is the youngest in a long list of murdered media workers in this country.

The Filipino journalist Jesus Malabanan.

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A Filipino journalist was shot dead in the Philippines on Wednesday, the youngest in a long list of media workers murdered there, the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) said. According to a statement by the organization posted on its Facebook page, Jesus Malabanan was killed in the city of Calbayog in central Samar province.

Jesus Malabanan was a correspondent for Manila Standard in the central Luzon region, north of Manila, the AFP said, confirming the journalist’s death. He also worked as a stringer for the international news agency Reuters. The agency said it was “deeply saddened” by the death of Jesus Malabanan, who worked on his coverage of the 2017 Philippines drug war, which won him the Pulitzer Prize.

The branch of the NUJP in the province of Pampanga on the island of Luçon condemned this “absurd attack”. The Calbayog police declined to provide details. The Philippines is one of the most dangerous places in the world for journalists, and most of its killers go unpunished.

13 unsolved murders

In late October, Orlando Dinoy, reporter for online site Newsline Philippines and presenter at Energy FM, was killed six times by an armed man who broke into his home in Bansalan, Mindanao. He was the 21st journalist killed since President Rodrigo Duterte came to power in 2016, the Philippines’ National Association of Journalists said at the time.

In a report published in October prior to these last two murders, the New York Journalists’ Protection Committee ranked the Philippines 7th on the 2008 Global Impunity Index with 13 murders of journalists.


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