The Philippines ranks 5th worst in impunity index for journalist deaths with 43 unresolved killings, came as no surprise to the Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS).
Joel Sy Egco, PTFoMS Executive Director, said “The CPJ (Committee to Protect Journalists) report is not surprising and was actually expected.”
“In fact, we have been anticipating that because for as long as the massacre case remains in the equation, following the methodology used by CPJ, we shall remain on that list,” he added.
Egco further noted that the report covered a 10-year period, which includes the Maguindanao massacre in November 2009.
The massacre happened during the filing of certificate of candidacy of then-gubernatorial candidate Esmael “Toto” Mangudadatu, out of the 58 victims who accompanied the camp, 32 were journalists.
“With great confidence I could say that either way, once promulgated and the suspects convicted or come the next report period covering August 2010 up to August 2020, the massacre case will be out of the equation. Thus, we are looking at a much better and improved ranking for the Philippines,” Egco said.
Moreover, Egco insisted that he is discussing with the CPJ some “grey areas” on conducting the report because some cases that were not media related had been allegedly included.
The Philippines ranked 5th out of the 13 world’s impunity offenders listed in the CPJ’s report.
Somalia tops the list 5 year in a row basing deaths as percentage of the country’s population. While, Syria ranks 2nd followed by Iraq.
The task force said in a statement that a year-long nationwide safety seminar for media worker will be conducted starting January.