Another Radio Broadcaster Murdered in the Philippines

Media Release: Philippines                                                                      

April 23, 2013

The

International Federation of Journalists joins its affiliate the National Union

of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) in seriously condemning yet another killing

of a radio reporter in the Philippines.

Radio

broadcaster Mario Vendiola, was shot and killed about 11:45 am on Apr 22nd in Kabasalan, Zamboanga Sibugay.  According

to reports, Vendiola, was driving his motorcycle on his way home from work when

he shot at least four times by two unidentified men riding in tandem using a

.45 calibre pistol as evidenced by spent shells recovered by police

investigators at the scene of the shooting.

Vendiola worked as an announcer for Radyo Natin, Kabasalan. He also worked as a

news correspondent for DXNC-Radyo Suhnan in the municipality of Siay. Police

investigators have not established a motive for the murder.

The Philippines is ranked as the second deadliest country in the world for

journalists and ranks third on the CPJ impunity index. Shootings by unidentified assailants on motorbikes has become the common

method of attack.

“The IFJ expresses its deep concern over the

continuing pattern of violence and attacks against the media in the

Philippines,” IFJ Asia-Pacific Director Jacqueline Park said. “As we approach World

Press Freedom Day on May 3, this journalist’s murder in the Philippines will serve

as a tragic reminder of the perilous situation for journalists throughout the

region. We call upon President Benigno Aquino III to end

the culture of impunity, which allows these killings to continue, and hold the perpetrators

accountable for their crimes.”

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