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According to a DOJ executive, the Marcos administration is committed to defending journalists.

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The Department of Justice (DOJ) promised on Thursday that the government of President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. will continue to rigorously investigate any instances of attacks on journalists because it fully understands the importance of journalism in fostering a strong nation.

Following the publication of the nation’s alleged rating in terms of newsperson safety by a private New York-based organization, DOJ spokesperson Jose Dominic Clavano IV provided the assurance.

In a statement, he stressed that “this Index would not deter the next administration from looking into and punishing work-related killing and harassment of journalists.”

“We recognize the value of excellent journalism and will take proactive measures to safeguard those who only seek to hold the government and its representatives accountable. We must uphold and honor that right, Clavano continued.

According to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) 2022 Global Impunity Index, close to 80% of the 263 journalist killings that organizations reported globally over the previous 10 years are still unresolved.

With 14 killed journalists, the nation was ranked seventh out of the top 10 countries in the CPJ report.

According to the CPJ, Somalia tops the list of nations where it is most dangerous to be a journalist, with 19 unsolved journalist murders in a country with a 16.4 million population, followed by Syria (16 deaths, 18.3 million), South Sudan (5 deaths, 11.4 million), Afghanistan (17 deaths, 39.8 million), Iraq (17 deaths, 41.2 million), Mexico, and then Mexico (16 deaths, 18.3 million) (28 deaths in a population of 130.3 million).

The Philippines came in barely ahead of Pakistan (9 deaths, 225.2 million), India, Brazil, Myanmar (5 deaths, 54.8 million people), and Pakistan (13 deaths, 214 million people) (20 deaths, 1.3 billion).

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