The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) extends it deep
sympathy to the National Union of Journalists of the
and the Philippines
media community following the accidental death of journalist Jojo Trajano on
Local media said Trajano, a reporter for the Remate tabloid newspaper, was fatally shot while covering a police raid
on a suspected drug-dealing syndicate in Taytay
Province, near the Philippines capital, Manila. A police officer was also reportedly
killed in the crossfire.
“The killing of a colleague is huge blow to the Philippines media community,” IFJ Asia-Pacific Director Jacqueline Park said.
“The death of Jojo Trajano again reinforces the need for media owners and
managers to ensure that all media personnel are provided with adequate
training, advice and safety equipment before they are sent out to report on potentially
volatile and dangerous situations.”
Journalists in the Philippines
contend with some of the most dangerous working conditions for the profession worldwide.
The IFJ joins the NUJP, an IFJ affiliate, in seeking assurances from the
managers and owners of all media outlets that every precaution and effort is
taken to protect the security and safety of journalists while on assignment and
in their travel to and from work.
information contact IFJ Asia-Pacific
on +612 9333 0919
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