IFJ Demands Investigation into Murder of Philippines Broadcaster

The International

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

Journalists of Philippines (NUJP) in

calling for an immediate investigation into the murder of broadcaster Niel “Lito” Jimena in

Negros Occidental province in the Western Visayas region of the Philippines on

August 23.

 

Jimena was shot five times by

unknown assailants. Sources cited in local media reports suggested his

murder is not related to his work as a broadcaster. Police are yet to establish

a motive.

 

The online news portal

Interaksyon.com quoted Supt. Louis Garonga, deputy chief for operations of the Western Visayas police, as saying Jimena was shot at his home

in Hacienda Theresa, E.B. Magalona town.

 

Conflicting reports claim he was

shot by two men while riding his motorcycle in Hacienda San Jose. He was

pronounced dead on arrival at theTeresita Jalandoni

Provincial Hospital

in Silay City.

 

“Police must investigate Jimena’s

murder with great urgency, and see that his killers are brought to justice regardless

of the motivation for the shooting,” IFJ Asia-Pacific

Director Jacqueline Park said.

 

Husgador, the program co-hosted

by Jimena on Radio Mindanao Network-Iloilo dyRI, is a block-time program, or a

paid time slot whose hosts are usually employed by the buyer or producer of the

time slot.

 

For further

information contact IFJ Asia-Pacific

on +612 9333 0919

 

The IFJ

represents more than 600,000 journalists in 131 countries

 

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