Authorities Must Investigate Bombing of Radio Station in the Philippines

The International

Federation of Journalists (IFJ) calls for an immediate investigation into an

arson attack on a government-owned radio station in Tabuk, in Kalinga province

in the northern Philippines,

on May 24.

 

IFJ affiliate the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) reports that three unidentified men threw

home-made gasoline bombs at the premises of dzRK Radyo ng Bayan, part of the

Philippines Broadcasting Service, at about 1am on Tuesday. Security guards on

duty were able to extinguish the blaze before it spread.

 

“Local police must conduct a full

investigation into this attack on the installations of a government-owned media

outlet without delay,” IFJ Asia-Pacific

Director Jacqueline Park said.

 

“An attack of this nature on a

publicly funded broadcaster is an affront both to free expression and the

public service, and cannot go unpunished.”

 

Jerome Tabanganay, a local announcer

who hosts the program Agenda on dzRK,

believes the station’s reporting on an illegal lottery game known as “jueteng” may

be the motivation for the attack.

 

Tabanganay, who is known for his

anti-corruption stance, was himself injured in an attempted

murder at the station on May 14, 2010, just four days after the Philippines

presidential election delivered a landslide victory to President Benigno Aquino

III. 

 

For further

information contact IFJ Asia-Pacific

on +61 2 9333 0919

 

The IFJ

represents more than 600,000 journalists in 131 countries

 

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