The investigative article was chosen to “give a voice to victims of abuse of power,” writes GIJN’s Korikur Alim.
MANILA, PHILIPPINES – The Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN) has selected the investigative story by Rappler Principal Fellow Gemma B. Mendoza and columnist Ana P. Santos as the best story from Southeast Asia for 2022.
The picks, published on the GIJN website on Thursday, January 5, highlight the region’s top investigative articles on the topic “From digital attacks on the media to cybercriminal slavery.”
Journalists in the region were able to come up with articles aimed at exposing the truth amid all the pressure put on them. This is despite the overall low ranking of Southeast Asian countries in the Freedom Index.
Mendoza research articles track backlink IP addresses or redirects from one site to another. Articles from major Philippine media outlets appear less frequently in search results as these links are flagged as spam..
This article was able to track spam from a Swedish IP to a service that charges thousands of pesos to add these unwanted backlinks. What would normally be beneficial for your search engine presence becomes detrimental due to the spamminess of your links.
Filipino truck drivers exploited
Santos’ research reveals how Filipinos are being exploited in inhumane conditions due to a shortage of truck drivers in Europe. Due to the nature of European human trafficking laws, their case against their employer was dismissed in court.
These drivers, who chose to take these jobs in hopes of providing for their families better, returned home in the midst of a global pandemic. Without the guarantee of a job in Europe, they could return to the Philippines and at least be with their families.
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