23 november 2009


On 23 November, 2009, the most heinous mass-murder in journalistic history took place in Maguindanao, the Philippines. 34 journalists were murdered due to political terrorism when an election was underway. Vice Mayor Esmael Mangudadatu had received threats from supporters of his rival, Andal Amputuan Sr, and as a result, he invited 37 journalists to accompany him, believing that this would deter the threats he was receiving. As the journalists were arriving, they were stopped by armed men who were there to slaughter them all. The women were raped and then shot in the genitals and beheaded; the men were also shot and beheaded. They had intended to bury the victims in a pre dug grave but were caught during the massacre by a military helicopter. A total of 58 people were killed in the massacre which became known as the “Ampatuan Massacre.”