Mr. Arroyo's Press Stop

With 23 journalists killed since 2003, the Philippines has become—second only to Iraq—the world's riskiest place to report the news. Now there's another risk: Jose Miguel (Mike) Arroyo, husband of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, appears to be waging a legal campaign against his critics. Arroyo has sued 42 journalists and media executives over slights ranging from accusations of graft and fraud to one columnist's irreverent references to his weight.

Christopher Warren, president of the International Federation of Journalists, accused Arroyo last week of trying to stifle free speech "by suing journalists into submission." To some extent, it may...

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