July 27, 2009, in Surigao del Sol , Philippines
Philippine broadcaster Godofredo Linao Jr., 49, was shot
in Barabo township, Surigao del Sur province, about 545 miles (875
kilometers) from the capital,
Linao hosted a weekly public affairs program called “Straight
to the Point” on Radyo Natin, and worked as a disc jockey for
another radio station, the reports said. He went to Barabo in response to
a text message at around 1 a.m., according to the National Union of Journalists
The motive for the murder was not clear. Task Force USIG, a unit of the Philippines National Police dedicated to investigating media and political murders, said it considered his radio broadcasts a possible motive in the attack. Alviso said he received threatening text messages after Linao’s murder, according to the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility (CMFR).
Linao, a “block-timer” who leased airtime from Radyo Natin, was also a spokesman for provincial Vice Gov. Librado Navarro, according to CMFR. Navarro was a sponsor of the radio program. The journalist’s wife told CMFR that he had planned to run as a candidate in the 2010 provincial board elections and had received threats while running for political posts in the past.
Motive Unconfirmed: CPJ is investigating to determine whether the death was work-related.