Tuesday, 30 June 2009

[creative-radio] PHILIPPINES: Radio journalist murdered, fourth this year (Eng+Fr)

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Subject: [rsfasie] PHILIPPINES: Radio journalist murdered, fourth this
year (Eng+Fr)
From: "RSF ASIA" <asie@rsf.org>
Date: Tue, June 30, 2009 11:28
To: "asie2 Asie" <asie2@rsf.org>

Reporters Without Borders/Reporters sans frontières

30 June 2009

Radio journalist murdered, fourth this year

Reporters Without Borders is outraged by the fatal shooting of radio
presenter Jonathan Petalvero in a restaurant in Bayugan, in the
southern province of Agusan del Sur. Petalvero hosted a programme
that supported a local politician.

"It is too soon to say whether this murder was linked to the victim's
work as a journalist, but the authorities must quickly assign enough
personnel to the case to be able to identify the killer and the
instigators," Reporters Without Borders said. "Three other radio
hosts have been killed in the Philippines since the start of the
year. That is more than in Iraq in the same period."

Journalistic sources said Petalvero was shot in the head on 27 June,
although police statements gave the day of his murder as 25 June.
Aged 43, he hosted the programme "Balita at Komentaryo" on radio DXFM
"Frenster Radio."

Nothing is so far known about the motive, which may have been
political. The gunman was masked and was probably a hired killer.
Radio DXFM is owned by Bayugan's current deputy mayor, Genesis Efren,
who plans to run for mayor in elections scheduled for May 2010.

A district councillor, Petalvero had planned to run for municipal
councillor or deputy mayor representing Efren's party in the elections.


Un journaliste de radio assassiné, le quatrième depuis le début de

Reporters sans frontières est indignée par l'assassinat du
présentateur de radio Jonathan Petalvero, survenu dans un restaurant
de Bayugan dans la province d'Agusan del Sur (Sud). Le journaliste
animait un programme sur une radio locale, favorable à un politicien
de la ville.

"S'il est encore trop tôt pour affirmer que cet assassinat est lié au
métier de journaliste de Jonathan Petalvero, il est urgent que les
autorités mobilisent des moyens humains suffisants pour identifier le
tueur et ses commanditaires. Trois autres présentateurs de radio ont
été assassinés aux Philippines depuis le début de l'année 2009. C'est
plus qu'en Irak pour la même période", a affirmé l'organisation.

Selon des sources journalistiques, Jonathan Petalvero, un journaliste
philippin de 43 ans, a été tué d'une balle dans la tête, le 27 juin
2009, alors que des communiqués de la police sur l'affaire indiquent
la date du 25 juin. Jonathan Petalvero travaillait pour la station
DXFM « Frenster Radio », pour laquelle il animait l'émission " Balita
at Komentaryo".

Le motif du crime est pour l'instant inconnu de même que l'identité
du meurtrier, vraisemblablement un tueur à gages qui a agi masqué. La
thèse d'un mobile politique n'est pas à exclure. En effet, la station
radio DXFM est la propriété de l'actuel maire-adjoint de Bayugan,
Genesis Efren, qui prévoit de se présenter aux prochaines élections
générales de mai 2010.

Jonathan Petalvero travaillait comme conseiller du « baranguay
» (quartier) et souhaitait également présenter sa candidature au
poste de conseiller municipal ou de maire-adjoint pour le parti de
Genesis Efren.

Vincent Brossel
Asia-Pacific Desk
Reporters Without Borders
33 1 44 83 84 70

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