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November 24, 2009
Posted: 2321 GMT

Today at the IDesk, Hala Gorani spoke with Vincent Brossel of Reporters Without Borders on politically motivated violence that has reportedly claimed the lives of up to twenty journalists. If this number is confirmed, this would be the largest single mass killing of reporters.

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emily comedis   November 25th, 2009 1:00 am ET

Dear Hala,

I am also very shock and it is only today that I gained some composure but I am still under shock. I had been working with the Philippine government on combating transnational crime. And I have always been hoping for peace. I felt my tears rushing down my cheeks when I first heard this news because I know all these people are also aiming for peace especially those who risk their lives to bring news of peace.

I just can't imagine that this has to happen in order to bring attention to the works of the warlords. And the worst is that, the current government of the Philippines is spouse to these warlords. It is just too much. Everything is just too much in the Philippines- name it, corruption, manipulation, it is a hell. I hope the world can save us...

jojo   November 26th, 2009 7:17 am ET

Yes it is confirmed that almost 20 plus were journalist, and autopsy reports show's that other women journalist and women civilians who were massacred were shot point blank in their private parts, breats and eyes othere were raped before killing them, truly a barbaric act of the Political warlord that it is created by GMA and a strong ally of her policiical party. GMA is afraid to touch this clan since she will open another PAndoras box and reopen the case again of her winning in the last election as president

Sayan Majumdar   November 26th, 2009 2:01 pm ET

Unless the perpetrators of such heinous crimes are promptly brought to justice it will set an example worse enough to endanger lives of courageous journalists working worldwide at other troubled spots.

It is a fitting case for Global intervention if required.

Sayan.

A. Smith, Oregon   November 26th, 2009 11:40 pm ET

Is it now politically incorrect to ignore the killers were all Muslims?

Is the Muslim connection with this horrific crime, noted and broadcast?

jojo   November 27th, 2009 12:59 pm ET

@ A. Smith, Oregon we still dont know that all killers were all Muslims, but the main suspect was a Muslim speaking of the Maguindanao Massacre. it is the government here in the philippines who is ignoring it and slow to react. yes it was broadcasted and witnesses were now under custody. Even the wife of the Vice mayor who was also one of the victim of the massacre called up over the phone to her husband before she was killed....still we have to see what is the philippine government move. I urge to the International Human Rights to conduct its independent investigation on this because we we fear there will be a whitewash on this incident.

Morgan J.   November 28th, 2009 1:44 am ET

The sad events coming to light from the Philippines is tragic news to be sure. Unfortunately, it's not that unusual for that country. I lived there for three years and had a good opportunity to study the culture up close.

The massacre of the opposition is business as usual. Politicians in the country often resort to violent means to head off a serious contender for power. Most of the top people resort to employing private "security" forces to protect their own families and to threaten opponents. Recall the murder of Begnino Acquino on the tarmac of the Manila airport in full view of the international press.

What happened in this latest case that has brought in massive international attention is the deliberate targeting of journalists. This is consistent with the cultural practices of the ruling elite. The behavior is wrong, yes, but drawing attention to it is worse. To the mind of the killers, it is far worse for the truth to be known than the deed itself; they would find it embarassing! The only response to being embarassed is to spill blood. Very sad.

So twenty or so journalists are brutally murdered to hide the truth.

Vulk   November 30th, 2009 3:15 pm ET

CNN Reporters (especially Israeli reporters) need to be careful about saying stupid and dangerous things like "Iran is defying the West". Of course they are, nobody likes to bow down to his neighbour.

CNN management need to realise that the Middle East watch CNN (not just American audiences) and that (whether they like it or not) reporters comments impact on world events.

A. Smith, Oregon   December 1st, 2009 3:02 am ET

Islam has been actively working to enact Sharia Law in the Philippines among other nations in that region. It would be no surprise if the same band of bandits and cut-throats were responsible for this massacre on innocent civilians. It certainly wouldn't be the first group of innocent civilians that roaming gangs of Muslims have murdered in the Philippines.

reeblite   December 7th, 2009 4:55 am ET

fire bomb their homes. an eye for an eye. killing non violent reporters is a heinous crime.

reeblite   December 7th, 2009 5:06 am ET

reporters are out to report the news, the news is what impacts world events, not the reporters. i have the ultimate respect for internatioanal reporters who fact find, talk to the people and report simply what they find out. vulk, you mean, the press needs to choose their words more carefully, so they're not sensationalizing? that's a valid point, if you are. media needs to stop opinion reporting and stick to facts. we need less extreme and more middle of the road journalism to get our people in this country back together, not polarized. the media IS responsible for this. less cnn and fox, and more factual journalism, please. the media lost their pride somewhere back in the eighties with cable programming. their intergrity went out the window. bring it back. cnn should start the crusade by stepping up and tossing all liberal shows off the station. stick to unbiased news.

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