COTABATO CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / July 28, 2009) – Media groups have condemned the killing of a Filipino radio broadcaster in Surigao del Sur province in Mindanao region, south of the Philippines.
Police said Godofredo Linao Jr., 49, was shot at close range on Monday in the town of Barobo. Linao, a commentator for the Radyo Natin, was the sixth journalist killed in the country this year.
The motive of the attack was unknown, but police suspects the killing was connected to his work. Linao was a known hard-hitting journalist who had criticized politicians.
The National Union of Journalists in the Philippines condemned the murder.
The Philippines has been tagged as one of the most dangerous places in the world for journalists. Dozens of journalists have been killed since 2001 in the country under President Gloria Arroyo’s watch, according to NUJP. (Mindanao Examiner)