May 31, 2001, in Occidental Mindoro, Philippines
The motive for Mortel's murder remained unclear at year's end. Local police told the Manila Times that communist rebels had targeted Mortel because of her allegedly questionable financial dealings relating to local cooperatives she had organized in the region. However, police did not exclude the possibility that the murder was related to her journalism.
Motive Unconfirmed: CPJ is investigating to determine whether the death was work-related.