Death and democracy

How did the supposedly democratic Philippines rise to the top of the deadly
international league table for the killing of journalists? Investigative journalist and author Terry Gould provided timely and shocking background to the deaths of 29
journalists there last week in an op-ed in Saturday’s Globe
& Mail

The journalists were covering an attempt to file nomination papers for a
candidate who intends to oppose a powerful provincial governor in next year’s
elections. Fifty-seven people in all are now known to have died in
the slaughter by armed men who stopped their convoy.  
Gould, who lives in Vancouver, is to receive the Tara Singh Hayer Award at
the International Press Freedom Awards in Toronto on December 9th. His book, Murder
Without Borders: Dying for the Story in the World’s Most Dangerous Places
highlights the murders of seven journalists and looks at impunity, media
repression and censorship in some of the most dangerous countries for
journalists, including the Phillipines, as well as Colombia, Russia,  Bangladesh
and Iraq.