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Justice is served in less than 15 percent of journalist murders. Our research suggests that the absence of justice promotes a higher incidence of murder. "Impunity," one Russian lawyer tells CPJ, "is a chronic disease."
Chauncey Bailey was a tough local reporter who dug into crime and corruption. The murder of a journalist may seem to be an aberration in the United States, but Bailey's case shows that there is much more to the story.

Did a respected military reporter really jump to his death? In the case of Ivan Safronov, there are many questions, few answers, and not much hope.

The Private Prosecutor

MANILA, Philippines--As a private attorney in the Philippines, Nena Santos does not have standing to try a murder case. But under an unusual provision of Philippine criminal law, she is permitted to work directly with police and government prosecutors in all phases of the investigation and trial: gathering evidence, preparing witnesses, and drafting potential indictments. Her work, even government prosecutors acknowledge, helped lead to the conviction of the three men who killed Marlene Garcia-Esperat.

WASHINGTON--In August 2 testimony on Capitol Hill, CPJ urged the U.S. Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe to use diplomatic pressure to combat impunity in journalist murders in Russia and other former Soviet states. Here are excerpts of remarks given by Nina Ognianova, CPJ's Europe and Central Asia program coordinator.

The Road to Justice - A CPJ Special Report

Marlene Garcia-Esperat is among dozens of reporters murdered in the Philippines. Unlike all the others, though, her case might actually be solved.

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