Journalists in the Philippines are under pressure from increasing levels of intimidation and a deteriorating press freedom environment. Authorities harass the news website Rappler and its executive editor Maria Ressa, pictured, with a series of legal cases. CPJ travels to Manila to discuss challenges for the media, including distributed denial of service attacks, accusations that increase the risk of arrest for journalists, and self-censorship. The Philippines ranks fifth on CPJ's Impunity Index of countries where journalists are slain and the killers go free. (Photo: Reuters/Eloisa Lopez)
CPJ writes to the speaker of the People's Majlis, asking him to strengthen press freedom in the Maldives and commit to pursuing justice and ending impunity by calling for a vote on a bill to grant investigative powers to the presidential commission on enforced disappearances and murders.