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Sheila Coronel

Sheila Coronel, a CPJ board member, is the Toni Stabile Professor of Professional Practice in Investigative Journalism at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She began her reporting career in her native Philippines in 1982. Coronel is the author and editor of more than a dozen books.

Blog   |   Philippines

Philippines' Aquino demonstrates selective political will

Some weeks ago, the body of Esmail Amil Enog was found. The corpse had been chopped to pieces and then thrown together in a sack. Enog was a witness in a grisly massacre in November 2009, which took the lives of 57 people, 32 of them journalists, on a stretch of lonely highway in the southern Philippine province of Maguindanao. It was the single largest attack on journalists in the world.

Blog   |   Philippines

Philippine impunity crisis deepens with two murders

Last week, two Philippine radio broadcasters were killed, gunned down in broad daylight on busy city streets. The murders, only four days apart, highlighted the continuing vulnerability of journalists here and the government's inability to protect them.

The broadcasters were shot in separate, unrelated incidents. But the killings were eerily similar to other journalist slayings here in the past years: They were carried out by armed assassins riding tandem on motorcycles. Last week's casualties brought to 34 the number of journalists murdered in the Philippines since CPJ began keeping count in 1992. In only two of those cases have the killers been tried and convicted.

August 12, 2008 10:37 AM ET


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