Friday, 8 January 2010

[creative-radio] Philippines - No let-up in violence against journalists as radio host is wounded in shooting


RT @RSF_RWB: Philippines - No let-up in violence against journalists as
radio host is wounded in shooting:


"Nothing seems able to stop the violence against journalists," Reporters
Without Borders said today after learning that radio commentator Eugene
Paet was wounded in a shooting attack yesterday in a the northern province
of Ilocos Sur.

"After a nightmare 2009 culminating in the massacre of 30 journalists by a
militia on Mindanao Island, one might have hoped that journalists would
stop being the target of killings," Reporters Without Borders said. "But
this attempt to murder a radio presenter marks a deplorable start to 2010
that bodes ill for the rest of the year."

The press freedom organisation added: "The authorities must, as a matter
of urgency, make 2010 the year of an offensive against impunity, and must
act with courage and energy against those who bring disgrace on the
Philippines by instigating his kind of violence."

The motive for the attempt to kill Paet is not yet clear but his family
said it could be linked to criticism he has expressed on the air. Paet was
shot twice very near Bantay police station as he was driving home after
work. His assailants were two unidentified men on a motorcycle using a .45
revolver. He was rushed to a Vigan hospital where he was said to be in a
stable condition.

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