Press freedom in the Philippines is becoming increasingly curtailed, with journalists facing hostility from their populist president Rodrigo Duterte. His brutal ‘war on drugs’ has lead to thousands of executions without trial, which has left investigative journalists with a big challenge as to how to report it.
Patricia Evangelista, investigative reporter for Filipino news site Rappler, and Reuters’s special correspondent Clare Baldwin, gave their advice to the Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN) on how to investigate extrajudicial killings whilst protecting your own safety and that of your sources.
One of the most important tips Evangelista gives is to encrypt all communication as a standard practice and vary your daily routine.
"It is also important not to tell your sources which other sources you are talking to, particularly when these sources might kill other sources," she explained.