Status: Free
Legal Environment: 3
Political Influences: 16
Economic Pressures: 11
Total Score: 30

Population: n/a
GNI/capita: n/a
Life Expectancy: 67
Religious Groups: n/a
Ethnic Groups: Christian Malay (91.5 percent), Muslim Malay (4 percent), Chinese (1.5 percent), other (3 percent)
Capital: Manila

Hundreds of radio stations and newspapers across this widely dispersed island country provide varied reports and opinions. In this barely stable democratic society, innuendo is often a substitute for investigative reporting. Rebel action in the south creates widespread self-censorship among many journalists. A number of violent incidents directed at journalists took place throughout the year. A bomb was set off outside one radio station, two journalists were killed for their reporting, and another survived an ambush.

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