Please visit the Daily PCIJ blog of the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism for my guest blog post there titled ‘A trail of bodies, unsolved killings’.
[A] lesson about human rights that we learned and relearned is their place in the order of things in newsrooms and in the very lives of journalists. Human rights violations and extrajudicial killings (EJK) remain hot topics only as long as they possess elements of news — the incident(s) must be new, must affect the population, must involve prominent people, etc. Yes, they remain to be the stuff of news but it is quite unfortunate that Philippine media seems to be losing focus on even the extrajudicial killings of its own members. As of today, 100 journalists have been killed, mostly in the line of duty, and some journalists remain under threat for doing their job of investigating and writing the news including the extrajudicial killings of others.
Read the entire post here.