IFJ Calls for Investigation of Motive for Attack on Reporter in Philippines

The

International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins its affiliate the National

Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) in calling on the Philippine

National Police to conduct a timely and thorough investigation into the

shooting attack on a reporter in the capital Manila on March 11.

 

Fernan

Angeles, 41, a political reporter for one of the national Philippines’ broadsheets, is in critical

condition after being shot and wounded by unidentified men in Manila’s

Pasig City municipality, late on the night of Sunday

March 11.

 

Angeles,

a reporter for the Daily Tribune,

sustained six gunshot wounds reportedly from a .45 calibre gun and a fracture

to his right arm after being attacked near his home in Pasig City.

 

Angeles

is currently confined to the intensive care unit of the Pasig General Hospital.

The NUJP said that they are still waiting for details, but have been told that

Angeles’ wife Gemma said the reporter remained unconscious as of the afternoon

of March 12.

 

“Philippines

police must quickly establish whether Angeles’ shooting is related to his work

as a journalist,” IFJ Asia-Pacific

Director Jacqueline Park said.

 

“The IFJ condemns the shooting and is concerned by

what appears to be a continuing escalation of violence against journalists in

the Philippines

in 2012.”

 

“We

call upon President Benigno Aquino III to honour his pre-election commitment to

defend press freedom in the Philippines,

by seeing that all attacks on media workers are investigated and the

perpetrators held accountable for their crimes.”

 

The

Philippines

remains one of the world’s most dangerous countries for journalists. According

to the NUJP, a total of 148 journalists have been killed in the country since

1986.

 

This week’s attack follows the shooting of radio broadcaster Fernando “Kapid” Gabio, in Iloilo

City in the Southern

Philippines on the morning of March 3.

 

For further

information contact IFJ Asia-Pacific

on +61 2 9333 0950 

 

The IFJ represents

more than 600,000 journalists in 131 countries

 

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