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Philippines
KEY DEVELOPMENTS
» Maguindanao massacre trial stalls as witness is murdered.
» Repressive Internet law draws outcry, high court injunction.
The Philippines remained one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a journalist. At least one journalist, Christopher Guarin, a broadcaster and newspaper publisher, was killed in relation to his work. Four others were killed under unclear circumstances, and at least two more were attacked by unidentified gunmen. Despite President Benigno Aquino III's vow to achieve justice in journalist murders, the Philippines ranked third-worst worldwide on CPJ's Impunity Index, which spotlights countries where journalists are murdered regularly and killers go free. The landmark prosecution of suspects in the 2009 Maguindanao massacre moved at a sluggish pace and was dealt a severe setback with the killing of a key witness. A new Cybercrime Prevention Act gave officials discretionary power to shut down websites and impose prison terms of up to 12 years for online defamation. Amid an outcry by press freedom and civil society groups, as well as legal challenges by petitioners, the Supreme Court issued a temporary restraining order blocking the law's implementation.

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Killed in 2012 * 29%
Internet penetration * 3rd
Impunity Index ranking * 8th
Highest Facebook use The government is seeking to limit online freedom at a time when social media use is growing in popularity. The Philippines ranked among the world's top 10 in the number of Facebook users, according to November 2012 data compiled by Socialbakers, the social media statistics aggregator.
FACEBOOK USE WORLDWIDE:
167.5 million: United States
60.7 million: Brazil
60.5 million: India
50.5 million: Indonesia
39.4 million: Mexico
33.3 million: United Kingdom
31.4 million: Turkey
29.9 million: Philippines
25.3 million: France
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