The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins its affiliate,
the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines
(NUJP), in condemning the murder of
radio commentator Crispin Perez on June 9.
According to the NUJP, Perez
was returning home around 9am after broadcasting his morning show on dwDO in
western Occidental Mindoro when he was attacked.
Witnesses said Perez was talking to an unidentified man in front of his
house in Barangay 7, San Jose,
when the man stabbed him and shot him with a .45 caliber gun before fleeing on
a motorcycle, police reports said.
Perez was declared dead on arrival at hospital.
The NUJP reports that while
Perez also held professional positions as a lawyer and former vice-governor of
Occidental Mindoro, it was likely that his work as a radio broadcaster was the
motive for the attack.
“Journalists face enormous challenges in reporting freely and defending media
freedom in the Philippines,
where the murders of media personnel are met with apathy from authorities and
the Government,” IFJ Asia-Pacific
Director Jacqueline Park said.
“Perez’s murder fits the horrific pattern of systematic attacks on
journalists in the Philippines.”
The IFJ joins the NUJP in
welcoming news that police reports on Perez’s murder have been filed, and urges
the authorities to conduct an immediate and investigation to ensure the
perpetrators will be brought to justice.
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