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Award-Winning Filipino Journalist Jesus Malabanan, Who Covered Duterte’s Drug War, Shot Dead

HeadlineDec 10, 2021

Filipino journalist Jesus “Jess” Malabanan was shot dead Wednesday by unknown assailants. Fifty-eight-year-old Malabanan reported for a number of outlets, including Reuters, where he worked on their coverage of Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte’s deadly war on drugs. The reporting won a 2018 Pulitzer Prize. Rights groups say dangers facing journalists have increased under Duterte. The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines found 21 media workers have been killed since he took office. This comes as noted Filipina journalist Maria Ressa accepted the Nobel Peace Prize today.

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