The International Federation of
Journalists (IFJ) joins its affiliate, the National Union of Journalists of
Philippines (NUJP) in expressing serious concern at another attempted shooting
of a journalist in the Philippines.
The NUJP local chapter in Sorsogon has called for a “thorough and impartial investigation” after two unidentified men riding motorcycles fired shots at radio commentator and Wow Radio station manager Ramil “Doods” Marianito on September 23.
Marianito told NUJP that he was driving his car at around 4:30 PM toward Sorsogon City when the men on motorcycles intercepted his car and fired shots at him. He was able to escape and reported the incident to the police.
The incident follows a similar shooting by
unidentified gunmen on a motorcycle at the dyOW-Bombo Radyo Roxas
City broadcast centre in Roxas City, Capiz Province in the Philippines,
on the evening of September 14.
“We are deeply concerned by
the series of shootings which highlights the extreme dangers journalists in the
Philippines face. The IFJ joins the NUJP in calling on the government of the
Philippines to immediately launch an independent investigation into these
shootings and act to bring the perpetrators to justice. ” IFJ Asia-Pacific
Director Jacqueline Park said.
Philippines is amongst the most dangerous countries in the world for media
workers. Over 160 journalists have been killed in the Philippines since 1986.
This November will be the third anniversary of the Maguindanao massacre – the
single worst attack of journalists – in which 58 people were killed.
represents more than 600,000 journalists in 131 countries
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