Broadcaster shot dead in Philippines

2014-05-06 12:17

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Zamboanga - Gunmen have shot dead a radio broadcaster in the strife-torn southern Philippines in the latest in a spate of attacks on media workers, authorities said on Tuesday.

The presidential palace, which has been criticised for failing to curb the killings, condemned the murder of Richard Najib, who was shot dead in the town of Bongao late on Sunday, a day after World Press Freedom Day.

"We are ordering the Philippine National Police to track down, arrest and charge those behind these crimes," said President Benigno Aquino's spokesperson Herminio Coloma.

Najib, of DXNN radio station, was returning from a basketball game in Bongao when three men accosted him and shot him dead, said the area's police chief Senior Superintendent Joselito Salido.

"We are still trying to look deeper into the attack but a personal grudge is a possible angle," he said.

76 journalists dead

Bongao is in the southernmost islands of the Philippines, an area where armed groups, outlaws and Islamic extremists are known to be active.

The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines criticised the killing, saying it was the 27th murder of a journalist since Aquino took office in 2010.

The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists says that 76 journalists have been murdered in the Philippines in connection with their work since 1992.

It placed the Philippines as third in the committee's "impunity index" indicating the most dangerous places for journalists.

Aquino, elected in 2010 on a reformist platform, has pledged to stop such murders but local media groups say his government is not doing enough.

In one of the worst instances of such crimes, 32 journalists were among 58 people kidnapped and massacred, allegedly by a powerful political clan, in the southern province of Maguindanao in November 2009.

The trial of some of the accused is ongoing but many of the suspects remain at large.

Read more on:    philippines
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/Sport
 

BMW drift battle: M235i vs. speedway bike

Watch this insane drift contest with four-times dirt-track World champion Karl Maier riding a speedway bike against a BMW M235i.

 
 

Men24.com

Want to start talking dirty?
Everyday struggles of naturally skinny guys
And this year's Miss Bumbum title goes to...
How to maintain your mo, bro

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

20% off ALL TV Series

Choose from 1000’s of the hottest TV Series . While stocks last. Shop now!

Festive gifts!

Check out our awesome range of festive gifts to make everyone’s wishes come true. Shop now!

Seen something you like in our catalogue?

Find the perfect gift and save up to R5000 – As seen on the catalogue. Hurry and shop now!

Save up to R2200 on electronics! – As seen in the catalogue

Wishing for tech gadgets this festive? Save up to R2100 on hot tech products at kalahari.com. While stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 35% off books

Save up to 35% on the latest page-turners. While stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Enjoy the view because as from tomorrow you are going to need to come back down to earth and join the party. In the meantime use...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.