Tuesday, November 24, 2009

12 journalists killed in the Philippines

Quite appalling news coming out of the Philipines yesterday.

Reporters without borders reporting that

At least 12 journalists were killed today in Maguindanao province (on the southern island of Mindanao) by armed men, including two policemen, linked to the province’s governor, a supporter of President Gloria Arroyo. More than 30 other people were murdered. Some of the victims were beheaded.

They describe it as

“Never in the history of journalism have the news media suffered such a heavy loss of life in one day,”

The convoy of Mangudadatu supporters, accompanied by journalists, had been on its way to an electoral bureau to file documents related to his candidacy, which the gunmen wanted to prevent. The fatalities included Mangudadatu’s wife, sister and other relatives. The governor’s son is also alleged to have been involved in the massacre.

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