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Litigation surrounding the Maguindanao massacre has been a source of contentious debate. Earlier this month, the Philippines high court had overturned [JURIST report] their year-old decision to allow for a live broadcast of the trial, a rescission that was opposed by Philippines President Benigno S. Aquino III on the grounds that it could impede the transparency of the trial. In June 2011, the court also decided [JURIST report] to freeze $23 million in assets belonging to massacre suspects. According to theCommittee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) [official website], the Maguindanao massacre is the single deadliest event for the press [CPJ report] since the CPJ began keeping records of journalists deaths in 1992. In the last twenty years, at least 72 journalists have been killed for their work in the Philippines, making it the second deadliest country in the world for journalists behind Iraq.
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