UCAN needs your support
You are why we do what we do - report, describe, comment, review. It is to bring to your eyes just what life is like for believers across Asia that we publish UCAN.
But as you know, the effort needs to be sustained if it is to have continuing effect.
UCAN publishes some 150 stories a week in four languages across six websites. We are grateful to benefactors in Europe and the US who support us. But those countries and the Church there are under increasing financial strain and their generosity no longer covers our costs.
We need financial help from our readers to sustain our efforts. Our reporters, editors, video producers and photographers all have families and we need to support them. They do excellent jobs, but they can't do their jobs for nothing.
Will you help us to sustain UCAN? Please click here to help.
Thanks in anticipation.
Fr. Michael Kelly SJ
Country second deadliest for journalists
Watchdog says provincial reporters work 'under constant threat of reprisals'A nun joins a protest action in Manila to call for justice for slain journalists
- ucanews.com reporter, Manila
- February 21, 2012
"Despite high levels of press and internet freedom, provincial journalists worked under the constant threat of reprisal," said the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) in its annual report released today.
At least 72 journalists have been killed for their work since 1992, making the Philippines the second deadliest country in the world for journalists, the report said.
Iraq tops the 2011 list, with 151 cases, followed by the Philippines (72), Algeria (60 ), Russia (53), Colombia (43), Pakistan (42), Somalia (37), India (27), Mexico (27), and Afghanistan (24).
The country also ranks 3rd in the organization's Impunity Index, a ranking of countries based on unsolved journalist murder cases.
At least 56 journalistâ€™s murders have gone unsolved over the past decade.
The report also observed that nearly two years after the killing of 57 people, 32 of whom were journalists, in the southern Philippines, "the fight for justice has simultaneously intensified in rhetoric and bogged down in technicalities."
"Legal stalling tactics, a fractured prosecution, and slow-moving courts have conspired against a speedy trial," the report added.