Some estimates suggest there have been more than
800 politically motivated murders in recent years
Between the years 2000 and 2005 more journalists were murdered in the Philippines than anywhere else in the world, even Iraq.

The Committee for the Protection of Journalists says that during the Arroyo administration 32 journalists have been murdered - far more than under the military dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos.

But that is only the tip of the iceberg.

Human rights groups in and outside of the Philippines agree that politically linked murders are happening at a frightening rate - some estimates suggest more than 800 in recent years.

In this episode of 101 East Teymoor Nabili asks if the Arroyo government is turning a blind eye to politically motivated murder.

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This episode of 101 East aired from 27 April 2007

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