The “Philippine Daily Inquirer” reports of yet another media death – the 50th since President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo came to power in 2001.
Hernani Pastolero, 64, editor of the “Lightning Courier” weekly in Cotabato City, Mindanao, was shot dead today by a lone gunman outside his home in the town of Sultan Kudarat, Shariff Kabunsuan.
The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines says this is the worst media death toll under any administration, including the 14-year Marcos dictatorship.
International media organizations rank the Philippines the second most dangerous place for journalists next to war-torn Iraq.
The culture of impunity in the country continues even as the UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial killings, Philip Alston, is there in response to the government’s request to investigate the unabated murders of activists and journalists. Read more.