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


Murder Of Filipino Journo Sparks Outrage At UNESCO

Murder of Filipino journalist sparks outrage from head of UN agency

7 July 2008 - The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has deplored the recent murder of Filipino radio host and newspaper correspondent Robert Sison, and called on authorities to step up protection for media professionals in the country.

UNESCO Director-General Koichiro Matsuura said the targeting of professional journalists represents "an intolerable violation of the basic human right of freedom of expression."

He called on the Government of the Philippines to fully investigate the incident and to increase protection for journalists.

Mr. Sison, 60, was the host of a local radio programme and correspondent for the weekly newspaper "Regional Bulletin," which has published articles critical of local officials.

He was gunned down by unidentified assailants while driving home on 30 June in Sariaya town, Quezon province, some 97 kilometres from the capital, Manila. His two daughters, both also journalists, were in the car with him. Liwayway, 30, was shot in the arm, and Almira, 24, escaped injury.

According to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), Mr. Sison is the second media professional to be killed this year in the Philippines.


Latest World News | Top World News | World Digest | Archives | RSS

© Scoop Media

World Headlines


Werewolf: Gordon Campbell On North Korea, Neo-Nazism, And Milo

With a bit of luck the planet won’t be devastated by nuclear war in the next few days. US President Donald Trump will have begun to fixate on some other way to gratify his self-esteem – maybe by invading Venezuela or starting a war with Iran. More>>

Victory Declared: New Stabilisation Funding From NZ As Mosul Is Retaken

New Zealand has congratulated the Iraqi government on the successful liberation of Mosul from ISIS after a long and hard-fought campaign. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Current US Moves Against North Korea

If Martians visited early last week, they’d probably be scratching their heads as to why North Korea was being treated as a potential trigger for global conflict... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Lessons From Corbyn’s Campaign

Leaving partisan politics aside – and ignoring Jeremy Corbyn’s sensational election campaign for a moment – it has to be said that Britain is now really up shit creek... More>>


Another US Court: Fourth Circuit Rules Muslim Ban Discriminatory

ACLU: Step by step, point by point, the court laid out what has been clear from the start: The president promised to ban Muslims from the United States, and his executive orders are an attempt to do just that. More>>