Filipino broadcaster Joey Llama was gunned down on his way to work earlier this morning, July 20, in Legaspi City, Albay in the central Philippines. The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and its affiliate the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) have condemned the brutal murder and demanded an immediate investigation.
Llama, a blocktimer for dwZR radio station, was leaving his home at 4am on Friday morning, on his way to host his program at 5.30am. According to local reports, he was shot 14 times by assailants.
Llama’s murder, if found to be work related, would be the 12th journalist killed under the Duterte administration.
The IFJ general secretary, Anthony Bellanger said: "The murder of Joey Llana earlier this morning in the Philippines underscores the dangerous working environment that the media in the Philippines faces every day. The government of the Philippines must take immediate action to curb the culture of violence and impunity against the local media. The Philippines democracy is weakened every time a journalist is killed."
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