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Title Foreign Correspondent : The Philippines.

Published Australia : ABC [broadcaster], 2010 April 06 at 20:00:00.


Location Call No. Status
Physical description 1 streaming video file (27 min. 2 sec.) ; 163547673 bytes
Notes Closed captioning in English.
Summary It's not Iraq, Afghanistan, Chechnya or Somalia. But it is - arguably - the most dangerous place in the world to be a journalist. That's one reason we know so little about a massacre in November 2009 that claimed the lives of 57, including more than 30 reporters. Now, Foreign Correspondent investigates. On November 23rd last year, 57 people were brutally murdered near a small village in Southern Philippines, on the troubled island of Mindanao. Most of the dead were journalists. This would be the worst mass killing of reporters the world has seen. "The bad thing is that it happened, the good thing is that it opened the eyes of all." Philippines Defence Minister, Norberto Gonzales The reporters were the victims of a terrible clan war that's been aided and abetted - its claimed - by the government of Gloria Arroyo, the President of the Philippines. They were killed because they were reporting what should have been an everyday event - a political candidate filing papers to run in an election. "I told him before just stop being journalist, but he told me he loves very much being a journalist. So I can't stop him. I really miss him so much, very, very much" - Myrna Reblando, wife of murdered newsman Bong Reblando The man accused of orchestrating the murders is a political rival of the would-be election candidate. He controls a large private army that - up until the killings - was funded and armed by the government of President Gloria Arroyo. Her administration has long been accused of turning a blind eye to human rights abuses, or even of secretly approving covert military kidnappings and disappearances of political opponents and those who try to investigate and report them. The family members accused of carrying out the murders are known in the Philippines as the President's "pet monsters". But as the November massacre lays bare, the pets have gone feral. Very little light has been shed on the incident until now. For this report, Mark Willacy travelled to Mindanao and Manila looking for answers. What happened on that day in November, and why? He meets key players, including the man accused of masterminding the killings. He also talks to family members of the victims and spends time with the man who's been given the almost impossible job of corralling the pet monsters and their ferocious rivals.
Audience Classification NC ACMA.
Other author Corcoran, Mark, host.
Willacy, Mark, reporter.
Ferrer, Raymundo, contributor.
Gonzales, Norberto, contributor.
Jafaar, Ghazali, contributor.
Jiminez, Dante, contributor.
Lopoz, Rex Jasper, contributor.
Reblando, Maria, contributor.
Reblando, Myrna, contributor.
Subject Journalists -- Crimes against.
Mass murder.
Political violence.
Reporters and reporting -- Political aspects.
News and Current Affairs.