New York, November 25,
2009—A brutal election-related massacre in the Philippine
The New York Times and The Associated Press reported today that at least 18 of the victims have been preliminarily identified as journalists. The overall death toll rose to 57 today, news reports said. Searchers were still discovering bodies and establishing identities. CPJ is working with local and international media support groups to extend assistance to the families of those slain on Monday.
“Even as we tally the dead in this horrific massacre, our
initial research indicates that this is the deadliest single attack on the
press ever documented by CPJ,” said executive director
to CPJ research, the deadliest prior event for the press came in