media worker has been confirmed to be among the 58 victims of the Maguindanao
massacre in the Philippines
on November 23, according to information received by the International
Federation of Journalists (IFJ).
that the body of Saksi News photographer
Jepon Cadagdagon, 28, was among those killed brings the toll of media personnel
killed in the massacre to 32.
includes 31 journalists and media workers whose bodies were recovered,
including Cadagdagon, as well as Reynaldo “Bebot” Momay who remains missing, according
to the National Union of Journalists of the
an IFJ affiliate.
came as the Philippines
media community continues to contend with attacks and intimidation.
13, broadcast journalist Albert Loyola was reportedly assaulted by Iligan City
Councilor Chonilo Ruiz while conducting a radio show on dxRJ station in Santa
Felomina, Iligan City.
believed Ruiz was angry about a report by Loyola about the local city council budget,
for which Ruiz is responsible. Loyola’s report referred to allegations that Ruiz
had falsely claimed funds allocated to community services for his meals during
which occurred during a live broadcast, was audible to listeners and was
recorded by the station.
on January 12, GMA-7 network cameraman Cirilo Renduque and reporter Fabienne
Paderes were denied access to Iloilo
City’s airport tarmac to report
on the arrival of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo because Renduque was said
to be wearing inappropriate clothing.
The NUJP reports that Renduque, who was wearing a shirt that
said “Stop Killing Journalists” and which listed the names of media personnel killed
in Maguindanao, was told by security officials he would not be allowed to take
footage of the event unless he changed his shirt.
and intimidation directed against the Philippines media community is
unfathomable,” IFJ Asia-Pacific
Director Jacqueline Park said.
Government must reverse its failure to protect the professional rights and
lives of media workers.”
An international solidarity mission report, prepared
by international press freedom organisations that visited the Philippines in December to
investigate the Maguindanao massacre, will be released shortly.
information contact IFJ Asia-Pacific on +612 9333 0919
The IFJ represents over 600,000 journalists
in 125 countries worldwide