New York, July 27, 2009--Police in Mindanao must investigate the motive for today's shooting murder of radio journalist Godofredo Linao and pursue those responsible, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.
Two unidentified men shot Linao in the back near the
offices of Radyo Natin, where he worked as a commentator, in Surigao del Sol
province on southern
Police told reporters the motive for the attack was unclear. Linao also worked as a political spokesman, according to local and international reports. Alviso told The Associated Press that the commentator may have been targeted for his political broadcasts.
Ricardo R. Blancaflor, chair of a federal body which investigates journalist murders, told CPJ in May that his group, Task Force 211, was committed to the "investigation, prosecution, and immediate resolution of media killings." The island nation placed sixth on CPJ's 2009 Impunity Index, which ranks countries that fail to prosecute cases of journalists killed for their work.
"Godofredo Linao has become the latest victim in a string
of recent journalist slayings in the
journalists were killed in the