Radio Commentator Shot Dead in the Philippines

 

The International Federation

of Journalists (IFJ) is outraged and saddened to report that radio broadcaster

Aristeo Padrigao was murdered this morning. He is the sixth journalist to be

killed in the Philippines

this year.

 

According to the National Union of Journalists

of the Philippines (NUJP), an IFJ affiliate,

Padrigao, a commentator for the

Radyo Natin morning program Sayre ang

Katilingban (Know the Society) in Gingoog City, Misamis Orientalhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Misamis_Oriental_province province, was shot

dead by unidentified suspects on a motorcycle soon after delivering his child

to school.

 

While the motive for the killing is unclear,

it is believed Padrigao was killed for his work as a journalist.

 

“The horrific pattern of antagonism and violence against journalists in

the Philippines

is a disgrace and must end,” IFJ Asia-Pacific said.

 

“It is a gross failure on the part of the Government and police force

that journalists continue to lose their lives in the struggle to protect and

uphold press freedom and freedom of expression for all people in the Philippines.”

 

Standing in solidarity with all journalists in the Philippines in their courageous

work, the IFJ joins the NUJP in demanding immediate action to investigate

and bring the perpetrators of the murder of Padrigao and other journalists to

justice.

 

For further

information contact IFJ Asia-Pacific

on +612 9333 0919

 

The IFJ

represents over 600,000 journalists in

120 countries worldwide