Third Journalist Killed in Philippines in Less Than a Week

The International

Federation of Journalists (IFJ) reiterated its call for urgent action by

authorities in the Philippines

to end the violence against journalists in the country, following the third

murder of a media worker in less than a week.

 

The murder of Nestor Bedolido, of

the weekly TheKastigador in Digos City, Davao del Sur, Mindanao, on Saturday night

brings to 140 the number of journalists and media workers killed in the Philippines

since 1986.

 

Of this toll, 107 have been killed under

the outgoing Arroyo administration, according to the National

Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP), an IFJ affiliate.

 

“Ending the killings of journalists

and resolving past cases will be a litmus test of how seriously incoming

president Benigno Aquino considers his promise of good governance for the Philippines,”

IFJ Asia-Pacific Director Jacqueline

Park said.

 

“Without urgent and strong action to

ensure justice for these murders, we fear the killings and culture of impunity will

continue.”

 

According to a report in the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Bedolido, in

his late 40s, was known to be critical of a prominent politician in Davao del

Sur, and was believed to have written a series of exposés against the official.

 

Bedolido was shot six times on the street

by a lone gunman who then “casually walked to a waiting motorcycle driven by

another unidentified man”. He was rushed to a nearby hospital but died before

he could receive treatment.


Last Wednesday, Jovelito Agustin, of dzJC Aksyon Radyo-Laoag, in Ilocos Norte,

in the northern Philippines,

died after he was shot on his way home.

 

About 24 hours earlier, Desidario

“Jessie” Camangyan, anchorman of Sunrise FM, in Mati, Davao Oriental, Mindanao, was killed by a single shot to the head as he

hosted a singing contest in Manay.

 

“Aquino will be judged on his

resolve to hold accountable his predecessor, Gloria Arroyo, for the

unprecedented loss of media workers’ lives during her nine-year watch,” Park

said.

 

For further

information contact IFJ Asia-Pacific

on +612 9333 0919

 

The IFJ

represents over 600,000 journalists in 125 countries worldwide