Broadcaster Survives Failed Murder Attempt in the Philippines


The International Federation of

Journalists (IFJ) calls on the Government of the Philippines to take action to protect

journalists after a second attempted murder in two weeks.


According to the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP), an

IFJ affiliate, a gunman tried to

kill Radyo Ukay journalist Ronaldo Doong in Davao City

on February 28. Doong escaped death when his attacker’s gun failed to fire.


The attacker,

threatening Doong he would face more harm if he did not stop broadcasting, then kicked the broadcaster’s motorcycle, causing him and his passenger to fall to the

ground, the NUJP



In a statement on March 1, the NUJP

noted that murders of broadcast journalists continue without major official

intervention, and it demanded the Government

provide greater support.


“This administration’s silence and

inaction are, at best, an appalling apathy to the violation of our rights

and those of the public we serve and,

at worst, a silent approval of the

ultimate form of censorship,” the NUJP said. 


The attack on Doong occurred hours

before the funeral of dxSY-AM journalist Ernie Rollin,

who was shot dead in a similar attack in Oroquieta City

on February 23.


Police admit they are yet to find leads

to Rollin’s murder, the NUJP reports.

Rollins is

the first journalist to be killed in the Philippines in 2009 and the 63rd

since President. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo came to power in 2001.


journalists were murdered in the Philippines in 2008, four of whom

were radio commentators or broadcasters known for their investigative and

hard-hitting reporting.

“Now is the time for the

Philippine Government to demonstrate its condemnation of the wave of violence

against journalists by locating and capturing Doong’s attacker before another

potentially fatal incident occurs,” IFJ Asia-Pacific Director Jacqueline Park said.


“Doong is in serious danger. If the

Government does not respond promptly by providing protection to Doong, among others,

it will be sending a message to the attackers of journalists that it indirectly

consents to violence against journalists.”


The IFJ joins the NUJP in reminding the Government of the Philippines

of its responsibility to protect all citizens under Article 3 of the Universal

Declaration of Human Rights, which

states “everyone has the right to life,

liberty and security of person”.


For further

information contact IFJ Asia-Pacific

on +612 9333 0919



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