Tracing the “beat’s” historyI.Facts and FiguresImpunity Index of media killings cases
Unsolved journalist murders per 1 million inhabitants for 2000-2009. Only nations with fiveor more unsolved cases are included. Cases are considered unsolved when no convictionshave been obtained.
RankNationUnsolved CasesPopulation(in millions)CalculationRating
Population data sources:Unless otherwise indicated,
World Development Indicators
, World Bank*
World Population Prospects 2008
, United Nations Population Division
CMFR DATABASE ON THE KILLING OF JOURNALISTS/MEDIA WORKERS INTHE PHILIPPINES SINCE 1986*(Updated as of 18 June 2010)
The Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility (CMFR) recorded 171 casesof killing of Filipino journalists/media workers since 1986. 32% (55 cases)non-work related and 68% (116 cases) work related.
Of the 171 journalists/media workers killed since 1986, 116 were killedbecause of their work. Seventy-eight out of the 116 work-related caseshappened during the Arroyo administration (February 2001-June 30, 2010).
The number of journalists/media workers who were killed jumped to 113 after32 were massacred in Maguindanao in November 2009. With 36 journalists/media workers killed, 2009 had the highest killing of Filipino journalists/media workers in history.
Most of the journalists/media workers killed in the line of duty since 1986were based in the provinces. The Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanaoregistered the most number (34) of work-related killings since 1986.