Of Maguindanao and how politicians use social media

Here’s an excerpt from my CNET Asia blog post on this barbaric incident. May the victims rest in peace, and may the killers be brought to justice.

We are still in shock over yesterday’s massacre of civilians in the southern Philippine province of Maguindanao in the run-up to the Philippine presidential elections in May 2010. The victims, who were beheaded, include at least 13 women, with the number of bodies recovered as of this writing already totaling 30.

Reporters Sans Frontieres has called the massacre a “dark day for press freedom” as at least 12 journalists were among the victims. On the social networking site Twitter, updates may be found using the hashtag #maguindanao.

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