The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins its affiliate the
National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP)
in condemning the death threats made to a publisher based in General Santos
City, in the southern Philippines, on January 17.
Ronald Allan T. Mascardo, publisher and editor of Dadiangas Balita,
received a threatening text message, following his condemnation of the killing
of fellow publisher Christopher Guarin last
Guarin, the 150th journalist killed in the line of duty since 1986, was
shot dead late evening of January 5, while driving his wife and
two children home from his office.
Mascardo, president of the community media group Journalist Action Motor
Group (JAMG), has called for the arrest and prosecution of those who killed
According to an NUJP report,
Mascardo received a text message at around 9:00 am that read: “You are daring
the killers of Chris Guarin. You will be next.” The threat has been reported to
the local police.
“Threats against journalists are a serious matter in the Philippines,
where violent attacks on journalists and are all too common,” IFJ Asia-Pacific Director Jacqueline Park said.
“The IFJ calls on authorities in the Philippines to take all necessary
steps to ensure that all journalists are protected and secure, that all threats
are thoroughly investigated and that all perpetrators face the full force of
the law for such crimes.”
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