IFJ Concerned by Attacks on Philippines Radio Station

The International

Federation of Journalists (IFJ) condemns an attack on radio commentator Jerome

Tabanganay, of government-owned dzRK Radyo ng Bayan in Kalinga province, in the

northern Philippines,

on June 7.

 

IFJ affiliate the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) reports Tabanganay, who hosts the program Agenda

on dzRK, was hit in the mouth with a microphone by Kalinga governor Jocel Baac.

 

Baac, who was accompanied by several

men with M-16 rifles, reportedly told Tabanganay: “Go on. Keep talking. I will

kill you,” as the day’s edition of Agenda was drawing to a close.

 

The threats and assault come less

than two weeks after a May

24 incident in which the premises of dzRK were attacked with home-made

gasoline bombs.

 

At the time of the assault, Tabanganay

was discussing an altercation between Baac and dzRK station manager Basilio

Baluyan over the bombing at a Kapihan or tearoom meeting on June 6.

 

Tabanganay, who is known for his

anti-corruption stance, was previously injured in an attempted

murder at the station on May 14, 2010. 

 

“This is yet another example of the

unacceptable use of violence and intimidation against media workers in the Philippines,”

IFJ Asia-Pacific Director Jacqueline

Park said.

 

“Authorities must offer reasonable

protection to Tabanganay and dzRK staff and quickly punish those responsible for

assaulting and threatening him.”


Tabanganay plans to file charges of serious physical injuries and grave threat

against Baac, while the radio station’s management will file charges of

malicious mischief and damage to government property.

 

For further

information contact IFJ Asia-Pacific

on +61 2 9333 0919

 

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