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


Murder of Another Filipino Journalist Condemned

UNESCO Chief Condemns Murder of Another Filipino Journalist

New York, May 29 2006 12:00PM

Just 10 days after deploring the death of a Filipino press photographer, the Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today condemned the murder of Fernando "Dong" Batul, an outspoken journalist working in the Philippines who was shot dead earlier this month.

Koïchiro Matsuura's statement about the reporter working for the Palawan-based radio DYPR in Puerto Princesa who was killed on 22 May came on the heels of his condemnation of the killing of Albert Orsolino, who was shot and killed by in his car in Calooncan City by two unknown assailants on 16 May.

"I condemn the murder of Fernando "Dong" Batul," the Director-General declared. "I trust that the Philippines authorities will find the culprits of this heinous crime and bring them to justice. This is all the more important in view of the number of journalists assassinated in the country.

"It is completely unacceptable that murder be used to silence opinions," Mr. Matsuura added. "Such violence targets not only its individual victims but society as a whole, because open debate and the basic human right of freedom of expression are indispensable fundamental components of democracy and rule of law."

The Manila-based Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility reported that Mr. Batul was shot dead by two men just one month after receiving death threats. It also said the 34-year-old was the fifth journalist killed in the Philippines this year, bringing to 59 the number of journalists who have died in the line of duty since the restoration of democracy in the Philippines in 1986.

Mr. Matsuura has issued frequent condemnations of the murder of journalists around the world in recent years as part of his mandate as UNESCO chief to defend press freedom and freedom of expression.


© 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