IFJ Mourns Death of Radio New Zealand Journalist


International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins its affiliate the New

Zealand Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union (EPMU) in expressing

grief over the death of Radio New Zealand bulletin editor Phillip Cottrell, who

died from injuries sustained in an assault in Wellington on December 10.



who had also worked for the BBC in his native Scotland, was badly beaten and had

his wallet stolen while on his way home shortly after finishing a night shift

at 5:30am on December 10. He was found lying unconscious on a central Wellington street by a

taxi driver at approximately 5:40am.



suffered severe brain damage and serious injuries as a result of the attack,

which police say was random and unprovoked. He failed to regain consciousness

and died at Wellington

Hospital a day later.



thoughts are with our colleagues at Radio New Zealand

at this time of their terrible loss,” IFJ Asia-Pacific

Director Jacqueline Park said.



Cottrell’s death serves as a reminder that even in a relatively safe country

such as New Zealand,

the important work of journalists is not without dangers.” 



30-person team of police investigating the incident, which is being treated as

a homicide, are reviewing CCTV footage and calling for any eyewitnesses to come

forward with information about the attack.


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information contact IFJ Asia-Pacific

on +612 9333 0919



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