New York, December 3, 2008--The Philippine government should work with police to investigate the rise in fatal attacks on journalists following Tuesday's shooting death of Radyo Natin commentator Leo Mila on central Samar Island, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.
No witnesses came forward after the attack, which occurred
outside the national radio network's local station office in the town of
Mila had reported receiving death threats to local police, and colleagues believe he was targeted for his work, according to the center. Local news reports said his hard-hitting shows tackled sensitive political issues. He had recently reported on irregular funding issues affecting a local high school, according to The Associated Press.
"It is time for the central government, as well as local
authorities, to promptly address the climate of impunity that is facilitating
rising violence against Philippine journalists," said Bob Dietz, CPJ's
At least five other journalists have been ambushed and slain
by gunmen--who attack in public areas and escape by motorcycle--in the
CPJ is investigating the November 17 murder of another Radyo
Natin journalist, Arecio
Padrigo, for links to his work. Padrigo was gunned down on southern
CPJ's global campaign to combat impunity
for journalist murders focuses initially on