Some People Need Killing: Book Talk with Patricia Evangelista

The Asian American Journalists Association’s Asia Chapter (AAJA-Asia) invites you to attend on Saturday 27 January from 10:00 to 11:00 am HKT an exclusive, online conversation with internationally renowned trauma journalist Patricia Evangelista around her debut book, SOME PEOPLE NEED KILLING: A Memoir of Murder in My Country (Random House). The conversation will be moderated by Eric Wishart, AFP’s Standards and Ethics editor.
For six years, Evangelista had the distinctive beat of chronicling the killings carried out by police and vigilantes in the name of Duterte’s war on drugs – a war that has led to the slaughter of thousands – immersing herself in the world of killers and survivors and capturing the atmosphere of fear created when an elected president decides that some lives are worth less than others.
SOME PEOPLE NEED KILLING is a powerful, on-the-ground account of a nation careening into a violent autocracy told through the harrowing stories of the Philippines’ state-sanctioned killings of its citizens. It has been listed as a BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR by The New Yorker, the New York Times, Time Magazine and The Economist.
“My job is to go to places where people die. I pack my bags, talk to the survivors, write my stories, then go home to wait for the next catastrophe. I don’t wait very long.” – Patricia Evangelista

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Patricia Evangelista is a trauma journalist and former investigative reporter for Philippine news company Rappler. Her reporting on armed conflict and the aftermath of Super Typhoon Haiyan was awarded the Kate Webb Prize for exceptional journalism in dangerous conditions. She was a Headlands Artist in Residence, a recipient of the Whiting Creative Nonfiction Grant, and a fellow of the John Logan Nonfiction Program, the Marshall McLuhan Fellowship, the De La Salle University Democracy Discourse Series, the New America Fellows Program, and the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma. Her work investigating President Rodrigo Duterte’s drug war has earned a number of local and international accolades. She lives in Manila.
Eric Wishart is the standards and ethics editor, and former editor-in-chief, of the international news agency AFP. He drew up the guidelines for covering the Israel-Hamas war in collaboration with the agency’s senior editors, including those based in the Middle East, where he was English desk head from 1992-96. Eric is a member of the ethics committee of the Society of Professional Journalists, teaches journalism at the University of Hong Kong and Hong Kong Baptist University, is a judge for the Hong Kong News Awards, and a member of the Organisation of News Ombuds and Standard Editors.


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About AAJA-Asia

The Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) is a nonprofit educational and professional organization with more than 1,500 members across the U.S. and Asia. The Asia chapter of AAJA represents members across the Asia-Pacific region. It is a diverse, multi-ethnic community of local and international journalists and media professionals committed to supporting a vibrant press in the Asia-Pacific region. We are committed to advancing diversity and inclusion in media organizations, providing training opportunities to members, supporting students interested in journalism and advocating for fair media access.