An average of four journalists killed every year! And I guess the Philippines is/are an important ally of the United States? I’m looking for a comment from ‘Reporters Without Borders’.
Many slain journalists in the Philippines had been corrupt and had “done something” to warrant being killed, the country’s president-elect said.
“Just because you’re a journalist you are not exempted from assassination if you’re a son of a bitch,” Rodrigo Duterte said Tuesday, Agence France-Presse reported.
The Philippines ranks as the second-deadliest country for journalists, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. At least 75 journalists there have been killed since 1992.
On Tuesday, Duterte said many slain journalists had accepted bribes or criticized people, who then retaliated, the Associated Press reported. He also said a radio commentator killed in Davao City was “rotten.”
He also said journalists who defamed others weren’t necessarily protected from violent attacks.
“That can’t be just freedom of speech. The constitution can no longer help you if you disrespect a person,” he said, according to reports.