CPJ welcomes charges in Garcia-Esperat murder

October 20, 2008 11:16 AM ET

In response to reports that murder charges have been filed against the alleged masterminds in the 2005 killing of Philippine journalist Marlene Garcia-Esperat before a local court in Mindanao, we issued this statement today ...

"This is a significant step toward securing justice in the brutal killing of Marlene Garcia-Esperat, but prosecutors must follow through and vigorously pursue these charges. The Garcia-Esperat case has become an indicator of the government's commitment to finally confront the impunity which surrounds the killing of journalists in the Philippines," said Bob Dietz, CPJ's Asia program coordinator."

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