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Memorial for slain Philippines journalists

Monday, November 24, 2014 - 01:18

Journalists in the Philippines remember the 32 colleagues allegedly murdered by a powerful Muslim political clan in 2009. Paul Chapman reports.

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PLEASE NOTE: EDIT CONTAINS MATERIAL THAT WAS ORIGINALLY 4:3 The worst slaughter of journalists in a single incident happened in 2009 in the Philippines. Thirty-two were killed along with 26 other people in the southern provinice of Maguindanao. The passage of time hasn't dulled the grief of their fellow media workers. There are 192 suspects but no-one has ever been convicted The Philippines National Union of Journalists says there's no sign that will change any time soon. (SOUNDBITE)(English) ROWENA PARAAN, CHAIRPERSON OF THE NATIONAL UNION OF JOURNALISTS OF THE PHILIPPINES, SAYING: "We want a speedy trial but we want justice. We want people to know that they can...that murderers of media persons can be prosecuted and can be thrown behind bars but the way that it's going it seems not possible." The bodies of the journalists and the other casualties of the massacre were found in a mass grave. It's believed they're victims of a clan feud. The trial of suspects is bogged down in bail petitions. Since the case began four witnesses have been killed and lawyers say some defendants have offered bribes to victims' families to withdraw murder allegations.

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Memorial for slain Philippines journalists

Monday, November 24, 2014 - 01:18