Call for more energetic enquiry into murders of journalists

first_img Philippines: RSF and the #HoldTheLine Coalition welcome reprieve for Maria Ressa, demand all other charges and cases be dropped to go further Receive email alerts News June 1, 2021 Find out more Mass international solidarity campaign launched in support of Maria Ressa PhilippinesAsia – Pacific February 16, 2021 Find out more Organisation Help by sharing this information RSF_en ”Until the motives for these crimes have been discovered and their authors punished, people will continue to doubt the ability of the authorities to end this violence against journalists,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said. “The Task Force set up in 2001 to investigate killings of journalists and political activists must be strengthened.”Julia, who worked for local FM radio station DZGE and was the brother of Magarao mayor Nelson Julia, was shot dead by motorcycle gunmen on his way home on 15 August.  He died in hospital the same day.The chief suspect is a man Julia had quarrelled with two days earlier, according to the police officer in charge of the enquiry, Victor Asuela.  The man, a friend of a political rival of Julia’s family, went to police two days after the murder but was let go.center_img August 19, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Call for more energetic enquiry into murders of journalists May 3, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Philippines News News PhilippinesAsia – Pacific Reporters Without Borders called today for more police to investigate the killings of five journalists in the Philippines this year, including the latest victim, former radio presenter Rolando Anjo Julia, in the central province of Camarines Sur. The killing came 11 days after the 4 August shooting of Radio Mindanao Network journalist Dennis Cuesta ( ), who died on 9 August from his wounds. A policeman, Redempto Acharon, from the town of General Santos, was indicted on 18 August for the murder.The Task Force coordinator in charge of investigating the murders, Ricardo Blancaflor, has announced that two suspects, Kristian E. Bronzage and Joenel V. Lastimoso, were arrested last week for the killing of Martin Rojas, another Radio Mindanao Network journalist, shot dead on 7 August in Capiz. Rey Bayoging, assistant vice-president of Radio Mindanao Network, said Cuesta and Rojas were both killed because of their work. ”The arrests show the government’s determination to end these killings,” said Blancaflor.  “No effort will be spared to give justice to their families.”The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) has declared 20 August a national day of mourning for the media. Filipina journalist still held although court dismissed case eleven days ago Newslast_img read more