The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) reports
with distress the murder of a radio broadcaster in the Philippines, as the country joins
Somalia as leaders in the world
league of infamy in media worker deaths this year.
According to the
National Union of Journalists of the
an IFJ affiliate, Godofredo Linao Junior was shot dead in the early hours of
July 27 in Barabo town, Surigao del Sur, after reportedly receiving a
threatening text message about 1am. Linao is the sixth journalist killed in the
Linao was the coordinator
of the Radyo Natin program “Kapamilya Walan Iwanan” and also worked as the
spokesperson for the Surigao del Sur Vice Governer Librado Navarro at the time
of his death, the NUJP reports.
While the motive for the
murder is unconfirmed, Radyo Natin station manager Mar Alvizo acknowledged that
Linao was a broadcaster who did not hesitate to take on the most controversial
“This latest murder fits
the pattern of systemic violence against journalists in the Philippines and
particularly radio broadcasters, whose professional work is to report and
comment on controversial and sensitive issues,” IFJ Asia-Pacific Director
Jacqueline Park said.
Linao’s murder occurred hours before
Philippines President Gloria
Macapagal-Arroyo delivered her ninth State of the Nation address in Quezon City, north of the capital Manila.
A statement issued by the
NUJP on July 26 said 68 journalists
have been killed during Arroyo’s presidential term, accounting for more than 60
per cent of journalists murdered since the restoration of democracy in the
Philippines in 1986.
In comparison to the staggering
number of killings, trials have been few and actual convictions number a paltry
three. The NUJP believes that this dismal track record in investigating the
murders of media workers is feeding the climate of impunity enjoyed by the foes
of free speech.
The IFJ joins the NUJP in calling on
the authorities in Surigao del Sur to act swiftly to ensure the perpetrators of
this most recent crime against journalism are brought to
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