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Philippines Still Deadly for Journalists

Following last year’s massacre of more than 50 journalists in an ambush in the Philippines, the situation in the country for media professionals still remains grim.

In the past week alone, three journalists have been gunned down and killed.

During the U.S. State Department’s weekly press briefing on June 21, spokesman Philip Crowley commented on the situation, saying:

“…we deplore the killings of journalists and urge the Philippine authorities to move quickly to bring those responsible to justice. We note that just this weekend was tragically the third in a string of recent attacks on journalists. Greater progress must be made to halt such killings. We will continue to raise this point with our Philippine counterparts and support efforts to build government capacity to investigate and prosecute these crimes.”

The victims include newspaper reporter Nestor Bedolido, radio broadcaster Desidario Camangyan, and radio reporter Joselito Agustin.



Genevieve Belmaker

Genevieve Belmaker is a freelance journalist and contributing editor with The Epoch Times ( She also contributes to Quill, the magazine of the Society of Professional Journalists and Her blog on journalism is

Genevieve has traveled throughout the U.S., Asia, Central America, Israel and the West Bank for reporting assignments, including major investigative reports on the recovery of New Orleans, the encroaching presence of China in Costa Rica and Nicaragua, the dangerous import of melamine-contaminated milk into the U.S. and settlement outposts in the West Bank. She regularly reports on issues related to journalism, and the work of journalists.

She holds a BA from the University of Southern California in International Relations, and has been a member of several prominent national and international professional media organizations, including the Society of Professional Journalists, Investigative Reporters and Editors, the International Women’s Media Foundation, the New York Press Club, and the Newswomen’s Club of New York. She lives in Jerusalem, Israel with her husband and son.

Areas of Focus:
New Media; Journalism; Culture and Society