Constant death threats

In the Philippines, journalists carry guns and know how to use them because they are in constant danger. From the 2009 Maguindanao massacre to recent execution-style killings, many have been murdered. Often committed by private militias in order to silence reporters who are investigating them, these murders usually go unpunished. In this climate of terror, media outlets succumb to self-censorship or corruption, in which journalists receive “favours” in exchange for positive coverage. Paradoxically, the national media are fairly free and diversified and do not hesitate to criticize President Begnino Aquino III’s administration. The Internet is not subject to any control.

in the 2016 World Press Freedom Index



141 in 2015

Global score


41.19 in 2015


  • 0
    journalists killed in 2017
  • 0
    netizens killed in 2017
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2017
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