World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search


Philippines: 2 More Die In Wave Of Media Killings

IFJ Demands Action Over Wave Of Media Killings As Two More Die In Philippines

BRUSSELS (IFJ/Pacific Media Watch):

The wave of killings that last year made the Philippines the most dangerous media hot-spot after Iraq is continuing into 2005, says the International Federation of Journalists with the shooting of two journalists in recent days that brings the death toll since January last year to at least 15.

Romeo Sanchez, a broadcaster at DZNL radio in San FernandoCity, La Union, and a regional coordinator for the Bayan Muna party was shot dead by a lone gunman on 9 March in Baguio. Arnulfo Villanueva, a columnist for the Asian Star Express Balita newspaper was shot in a separate incident on 28 February. His body was found on a roadside in Naic, CaviteProvince. Police suspect he was killed over his criticism of local officials over illegal gambling in Cavite.

"The ordeal of Filipino journalists will only end when these ruthless assassins are brought to justice," said Aidan White, IFJ general secretary. "It's time for the authorities to do more to find the killers."

The IFJ says the government of President Glorio Arroyo must be seen to be pursuing the killers. "There needs to be credible and extensive investigation of these deaths accompanied by a commitment to protect other journalists from violence," said White.

The IFJ took some comfort from reports of the arrest of two alleged members of a rebel group in connection with an attack on an outside broadcast van owned by the television network ABS-CBN. The suspects, believed to be members of the Rebolusyonaryong Proletarian Army-Alex Boncayao Brigade (RPA-ABB), were identified by three witnesses as part of the gang that set fire to the van valued at over US$625,000 on 11 January.

"This attack was a desperate attempt by a group of thugs to intimidate and undermine the work of one of the Philippines' most influential media outlets," said White.

"It is an encouraging sign when those threatening press freedom and pursing violence are picked up," said White. "But we need more action and we need it now".



© Scoop Media

World Headlines


At The UN: Paris Climate Agreement Moves Closer To Entry Into Force

The Paris Agreement on climate change moved closer toward entering into force in 2016 as 31 more countries joined the agreement today at a special event hosted by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. More>>



Gordon Campbell: On The End Game In Spain (And Other World News)

The coverage of international news seems almost entirely dependent on a random selection of whatever some overseas news agency happens to be carrying overnight... Here are a few interesting international stories that have largely flown beneath the radar this past week. More>>

Amnesty/Human Rights Watch: Appalling Abuse, Neglect Of Refugees On Nauru

Refugees and asylum seekers on Nauru, most of whom have been held there for three years, routinely face neglect by health workers and other service providers who have been hired by the Australian government, as well as frequent unpunished assaults by local Nauruans. More>>


Other Australian Detention

Gordon Campbell: On The Censorship Havoc In South Africa’s State Broadcaster

Demands have included an order to staff that there should be no further negative news about the country’s President Jacob Zuma, and SABC camera operators responsible for choosing camera angles that have allegedly made the President ‘look shorter’ were to be retrained... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On A Bad Week For Malcolm Turnbull, And The Queen

Malcolm Turnbull’s immediate goal – mere survival – is still within his grasp... In every other respect though, this election has been a total disaster for the Liberals. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Bidding Bye Bye To Boris

Boris Johnson’s exit from the contest for Conservative Party leadership supports the conspiracy theory that he never really expected the “Leave” option to win the referendum – and he has no intention now of picking up the poisoned chalice that managing the outcome will entail... More>>


Get More From Scoop

Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news